Today, Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL) released the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling on the health care law:
"The Supreme Court's ruling today examined the Constitutionality of the health care law, but the Justices could not take into account the practicality or effectiveness of a government takeover of the health care system and one-sixth of our economy--on that score, the verdict was in long ago.
"The American people are disappointed in this law and fearful of its full effects because so far, the rhetoric does not match up to the reality. Remember when the president said, "If you like what you have, you can keep it?' Some estimates say up to 30 percent of employers will definitely drop their employee health coverage, forcing many into state exchanges.
"Remember when we were promised the law would lower costs? Family premiums have already increased by 9 percent, with costs predicted to rise for years to come. And what of the promise that the law would bend the cost curve down? Recent studies show that government spending is expected to explode to half of all health care spending in the United States. One of the few promises that came true was when then Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "We'd have to pass the law to find out what's in it.'
"It is clear that the rhetoric of the health care law does not match the reality. President Obama's takeover not only made our system more complex and expensive, but stalled our already tepid economic recovery by creating tremendous uncertainty for job creators and small businesses.
"The House of Representatives is as committed as ever to full repeal of the disastrous health care law, and replacing it with common-sense, patient-centered solutions that American families can afford. Unlike the Democrats, who drafted their law behind closed doors, Republicans will develop and present our reforms in the open, with input from the American people. We will take power away from Washington bureaucrats, and return health care decisions to patients and doctors. The American people deserve better than what President Obama's health care law provides. We can do better and we will do better."