June 28, 2012
Kansas lawmakers are reacting to the Supreme Court ruling upholding key provisions of President Obama's health care act.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback issued the following statement
“Stopping ObamaCare is now in the hands of the American people. It begins with electing a new president this fall.”
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran released the following statement in response to today’s ruling.
“A law can be constitutional but still a bad idea. I continue to believe that the health care reform law jeopardizes access to quality health care for many Americans, threatens the survival of Kansas communities, and stifles our country’s job growth through higher taxes and burdensome regulations,” Sen. Moran said. “The right direction for our country is for Congress to repeal this unsound law and enact targeted reforms that will actually drive down health care costs and strengthen access to quality care. I remain committed to replacing this damaging law with commonsense policies the American people support.”
Congressman Mike Pompeo, a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and a former attorney, released the following statement in response:
“The President’s health care law has been making things worse for Americans by driving up health costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire workers. The only way to alter course is to repeal ObamaCare in its entirety. I am disappointed that the Court did not side with the majority of Americans who are concerned with this law. However, since the Court didn’t reject the law, Republicans in Congress must now vote to repeal ObamaCare in its entirety and to enact common sense, step-by-step reforms that protect Americans’ access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at a lower cost.
“The Court’s decision to uphold the power of Congress to require Americans to purchase health insurance has greatly diminished our Constitution of limited, enumerated federal powers and proven that elections truly do matter. It’s now more important than ever that we elect Republicans to the Senate and the White House this fall to join the House in repealing ObamaCare.
“Although the Court’s ruling today was not the outcome a majority of Americans hoped to see, Republicans stand ready to repeal ObamaCare in its entirety as we stand with Americans across the nation who want their individual freedom restored. Decisions regarding Americans’ health care should reside with individuals and families, not with bureaucrats in Washington, DC,” stated Pompeo.
Senator Pat Roberts released the following statement today:
“I’m deeply disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision to keep Obamacare in place. This is the wrong decision for our country. After two years, we have seen the problems and pitfalls of this law and they fall squarely on the shoulders of patients and Kansas families. The Court has affirmed that Obamacare is a new, additional tax. Care will cost more, and access to quality care will be reduced. No wonder a majority of Americans oppose it.
“It’s now up to the Congress to repeal and replace this law with step by step, common-sense, cost-cutting solutions that work for Kansans and all Americans and that’s what I will work to do in the Senate. There is no question today’s decision is a real setback for America and will make our work that much harder.”
Congressman Tim Huelskamp, who was not in the U.S. House of Representatives when the law was passed, issued the following statement about the Court’s landmark decision:
“When they look back on the American system of once-limited government, June 28, 2012 will stand as a definitive date in the advance of government tyranny. Today, a slim majority of the Supreme Court turned our Constitution on its head, and ruled that the federal government, in effect, can force upon the American people anything it damn well pleases – as long as it is called a tax. Unlimited federal power, combined with judicial activism, has crafted a new regime that has destroyed our Founders’ vision.”
“Not only are individual liberties destroyed as a result of ObamaCare, but taxpayers are on the hook for a non-workable, ineffective, and outrageously expensive health care program. ObamaCare will drive America into bankruptcy, as the law is already radically exceeding original cost estimates. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that millions of Americans will likely lose their health insurance plan as employers are driven out of business or are unable to meet massive new mandates and costs of Washington.”
“Although the court ruled the law could stand, this does not mean the law should stand. I will continue to work toward repealing ObamaCare before it is fully implemented, and will continue to support common sense solutions that actually fix – rather than worsen – America’s health care system. We need to get rid of IPAB, which will raid $500 billion from Medicare and force rationing upon America’s seniors. We need to eliminate the patient records database that threatens doctor-patient confidentiality and privacy. We need to kill the provisions that undermine religious liberty. And, we need to eradicate the expensive burdens placed on America’s job creators that will ultimately drive at least 20 million people to lose their workplace-based coverage.
“The Court may have spoken, but the American people can have the last word this November when they go to the polls and decide the future of our nation. We need the American people in charge, not politicians and bureaucrats.”