U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) today issued the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the President's health care law.
"The Supreme Court ruled on the constitutional arguments against the President's health care law, but all the significant policy flaws remain," said Wicker. "The Court's decision points out that Obamacare is a major tax increase. The law also drives up health care costs for patients and taxpayers. It is an unworkable plan that we cannot afford. Congress now has an opportunity to show the American people that we are listening to them by voting to repeal it and replace it with market driven solutions that help lower costs."
Wicker voted against the health care bill and has voted to repeal the law. The 2,000-plus page health care overhaul adds $1 trillion in federal spending, increases taxes by $500 billion, and cuts Medicare by $500 billion to begin a new unfunded entitlement. Polls continue to show public opposition with just one-third of the American people in favor of the law.
He has co-sponsored more than a dozen bills to repeal all or parts of the health care law and authored this recent Op-ed in the Clarion-Ledger outlining the need to repeal and replace it.
In 2008, Wicker introduced the Making Health Care More Affordable Act with solutions to drive down costs for patients and taxpayers. The bill would allow individuals to purchase insurance across state lines and small businesses to band together to receive the same tax incentives as large businesses, increasing options and competition to lower prices.