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Court Ruling Allows for Administration's Unbridled Attack on Personal Freedom


Location: Washington, DC

House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld as constitutional President Obama's health care law.

"Today's ruling by the Supreme Court has set a dangerous precedent by allowing this administration to continue pursuing its unbridled effort to erode personal freedom and undo the principles upon which this country was founded," said Chairman Price. "President Obama's health care law trumps personal health care choices in exchange for a more powerful Washington. It will force American citizens to endure diminished quality of care, increased insurance costs, health care rationing and excessive taxation brought on by an overzealous Washington bureaucracy. We have no choice but to exercise every possible legislative option to repeal this disastrous law, and the American people should know that House Republicans will continue to advocate on their behalf to restore personal control over health care decisions."

"Since the beginning of this debate, Republicans have developed and promoted positive solutions that empower individuals and families to choose the health care coverage they want. We have done so because it is obvious the status quo in America's health care system is broken and in need of reform. Our solutions would preserve the sacred doctor-patient relationship and keep unelected bureaucrats from denying access to care. Most importantly, these measures would expand access, address costs, assure quality and encourage innovation all without putting the government in control or imposing mandates."

Chairman Price, an orthopaedic surgeon, has authored H.R. 3000, the Empowering Patients First Act. This proposal would:

Provide the financial incentive for every single American to be able to afford the health coverage they want for themselves and their families, not that the government wants for them.

Solve the insurance challenges of portability and pre-existing conditions by allowing everyone to take their health coverage with them if they change or lose their job and have access to robust pooling opportunities so that no one is priced out of the ability to purchase insurance, regardless of health status.
Save hundreds of billions of dollars by ending the practice of defensive medicine.

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