Today, the Supreme Court announced its decision to uphold the vast majority of the President's health care law. Commonly referred to as "Obamacare," the controversial bill was signed into law on March 23, 2010 with no Republican Congressional support in either the House or Senate.
In response to the Court's ruling, Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) released the following statement:
"I am extremely disappointed and shocked by the Court's decision to uphold this bad law. 'Obamacare' severely alters the federal government's control over the lives and decisions of Americans and goes against what our Founding Fathers clearly laid out in the Constitution for the direction of our country. We must have limits on the federal government.
"My constituents, and a majority of the American people, do not support the President's health care plan. Unfortunately, the President and Democratic Congress chose to ignore the will of the citizens they represent and instead pushed through a bill that will make our health care system worse. They did this under false representation that this law would not be a tax, while the Supreme Court ruled that 'Obamacare' and the individual mandate will stand as a tax.
"The President's government expansion into health care will drive up health costs, drastically cut Medicare, and jeopardize access to health care for senior citizens. This law also imposes expensive regulations on small businesses, makes it harder for job creators to hire workers, and explicitly raises taxes.
"I will continue to fight for a full repeal of 'Obamacare.' I believe in the Constitution and that Americans - not Washington - should be in charge of their own health care decisions. Americans' right to choose must be protected.
"'Obamacare' needs to be replaced with common sense reforms: eliminating job-killing policies and regulations, lowering health care premiums through increased competition and choice, all while preserving the patient's ability to keep his or her health plan if he or she likes it. It is also imperative to protect the doctor-patient relationship.
"I look forward to the November elections with the hope that a Republican President will be able to work with Congress to strike down this bad law and repeal this outrageous tax thrust upon U.S. citizens and businesses."