This week we received extremely disappointing news as the Supreme Court handed down their much anticipated decision on the constitutionality of Obamacare. In the narrow 5-4 decision the Court ruled the individual mandate, the centerpiece of the President's health care law, unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause. However, the Court upheld the individual mandate as a tax, striking a blow to the principle of limited government that is laid out in our Constitution and delivering a very bad result for the American people.
Despite President Obama's vehement claims that the individual mandate was in no way a tax, the highest court in our land has now defined this provision of Obamacare as yet another tax on the American people. The last thing our fragile economy needs is crushing tax increases and unless Obamacare is repealed in its entirety American families and individuals will be facing one of the largest tax increases in history.
At a time when removing barriers to employment including the threat of higher taxes, new government regulations and costly mandates is more important than ever, the Obamacare law is simply the wrong prescription for health care reform. That is why I have steadfastly worked to repeal this monstrosity and replace it with common sense patient-centered reforms. I have voted nearly thirty times to repeal, defund and dismantle Obamacare and while today's decision might seem like a set-back I assure you our fight is far from over. In light of this week's Supreme Court decision, the House of Representatives announced that on July 11th we will again vote on legislation to fully repeal Obamacare.
Once Obamacare is repealed, Congress must work in a bipartisan way to pass common sense patient-centered health care reforms that cut health insurance costs and make health care better, more available, and more affordable for families and individuals. We can do that by empowering patients with choices and protecting and preserving the doctor-patient relationship. Specifically, Congress should focus on policies that allow for the purchase of health insurance across state lines, allow individuals and small businesses to join large pools to get more competitive rates, provide tort reform to cut down the high cost of defensive medicine, allow full tax deductibility of health insurance premiums, and allow portability of health insurance. These are the kind of initiatives that will help Americans obtain the best quality health care at the least cost, and ensure that the government fosters increased access to quality care based on individual choice, not by taking away choices from people on the grounds that government knows best.
Although the Supreme Court, by counting the individual mandate as a tax, upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare, it certainly does not make it good policy. As your Congressman you can be assured that I will fight for the repeal of this sweeping new health care law which will dramatically impact every family, taxpayer and business in America and I will work to see it replaced with commonsense reforms that lower health care costs and empower patients.