Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) today released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its ruling on President Obama's health care law, the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (PPACA):
"The Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Obama's health care law is devastating news for Northern Michigan and all of America. As a doctor who treated patients for 30 years, I know the President's plan is not solving our health care problems. In fact, it is making them worse.
The promises the President made about his law have not come true. He promised the law would lower costs, but it hasn't. He promised individuals would be able to stay on their current health care plan, but millions may lose their employer-provided insurance. He promised the law would improve the economy, but it hasn't.
There is no way to "fix' this law. It needs to be fully repealed. A full repeal is our only opportunity to enact health care reforms the right way. Health care is becoming prohibitively expensive for too many Northern Michiganders. We have to fix that. But instead of passing a 2,700-page bill that no one understands, let's take our time and have an honest conversation with the American people about how best to answer our health care challenges.
I am confident in the coming months the House Majority will continue working to repeal this terrible law. A full repeal will give us a chance to finally enact health care reform the way it should be done--by talking to the American people and learning their ideas on how to make health care more affordable, more efficient, and more accessible for everyone."