Congressman Lee Terry (R-NE) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling that the entire Affordable Care Act is upheld as constitutional:
"I am extremely disappointed with the ruling today by the Supreme Court. Although I do not agree with their decision, it is now the law of the land. The Affordable Care Act pushes patients further away from cost-savings and determining their own care, and in the hands of HHS bureaucrats. I look forward to reading both the majority and minority opinions to get a better understanding of the court's reasoning.
"There is no mistaking that even with this law in place, health care costs are rising dramatically. Many families have already seen their insurance premiums increase by $2,200 over the past 3 years, and a majority of the programs and mandates contained in the law have not even been put into place! During the next few years, Congress will be required to address these increases as they hit the marketplace and begin to affect every American's pocketbook.
"Instead of waiting for these expected cost increases to take affect, I will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle towards fixing these problems. I am ready to bring to the discussion the ideas of my constituents -- the moms and dads of Nebraska, the single worker, the health care provider, small business owners, everyone who has a stake in health care. I will talk to them and gather their ideas to present to my colleagues. They were left out the last time but I can guarantee that I will not leave them out this time! They deserve to be heard. We need to give the power back to the patient and allow them to make their own health care decisions with their physician. Bottom line .we need to lower the cost of health care."