Rep. Todd Young (R-IN9) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Our office has also launched a resource page for constituents on the ruling at http://toddyoung.house.gov/health-care-decision. In addition to copies of the majority and minority opinions in the case, constituents can also weigh in with their own thoughts on the decision.
"Because of the negative effect on our economy and job creation, I'm disappointed that the so-called individual mandate requiring every American to purchase health insurance will stand. However, I am pleased that the Court has affirmed that our federal government is constitutionally limited in its ability to regulate Americans' lives.
"Despite the Court's decision, there still is hope for those of us who regard this law as bad public policy. The 2010 law most Americans know as Obamacare remains unpopular with a large majority of Hoosiers who demand the law be repealed or improved. While it's true that rapidly rising health care costs should be dealt with, Obamacare fails to control them and interferes with the doctor-patient relationship. During this Congress, I have already cast 30 votes to repeal, replace or defund all or parts of the law. Moving forward, I will continue to support implementing policies to allow health insurance to be purchased across state lines; to improve our costly medical malpractice system; to make health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts more prevalent; and a number of other proposals that will lower costs and increase access to care without adding to the federal bureaucracy." --Rep. Todd Young (R-IN9)