U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, today issued the following remarks after the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its ruling on the constitutionality of the President Obama's health care law:
"The public outcry of opposition apparently did not resonate with the congressional majority or the Supreme Court. In recent history, the Affordable Care Act has been the most divisive issue for both lawmakers and American citizens, and despite this ruling to uphold the law, I expect the controversy will continue to grow as this monumental decision affects every single man, woman and child.
"While this ruling offers some certainty to hospitals, doctors and employers, who have been preparing for the last two years for changes in the law, it is not a welcomed resolution. The order to buy health insurance will pummel businesses with its expensive mandates and fines, which the high court ruled constitutional as a tax. To be completely straightforward, the Affordable Care Act spends close to $2 trillion for an entitlement program that cannot be sustained. It also robs over $500 billion from Medicare, slashing benefits and raising premiums on seniors. The administration continues to misinform beneficiaries that they will not have services or benefits cut.
"So where do we go from here? I still believe the future of the Affordable Care Act remains in doubt. Republicans will continue the fight to dismantle this intrusive law, which will cost our economy trillions, increase taxes on the American people, and personal treatment for certain illnesses will be made by an unelected panel in Washington, instead of by patients and their doctors. Americans deserve better than this, and I will continue the pursuit of patient-centered, affordable and quality care."
U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, represents the 5th Congressional District and serves on the House Appropriations Committee.