Jun 28, 2012
Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) vowed to continue efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare after today’s Supreme Court decision largely upheld the law. The 5-4 decision keeps the controversial healthcare law in place. To date, Republicans have voted to repeal, defund, or dismantle provisions of the president’s government takeover of healthcare law 30 times.
“In the midst of a grim economic recession, this unpopular healthcare takeover made things worse,” Congressman McHenry said. “There’s no doubt this law has created a great deal of uncertainty, keeping many small business owners from hiring new workers and acting as a serious impediment to economic growth.”
In a January 2012 U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey of small businesses, 74 percent said that the health care law makes it harder for their firms to hire new workers and 30 percent said they are not hiring at all thanks to the law. In addition, according to a February 2012 Gallup poll, almost half of small businesses said they were not hiring due to concerns about possible rising health care costs and worries about new government regulations.
“Regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision, ObamaCare is still bad policy that needs to be replaced with patient-centered reforms that will actually lower the cost of care,” McHenry continued. “We should enact medical liability reform, make insurance companies compete for patients business by allowing them to shop across state lines, and expand health savings accounts that give taxpayers control over their own health care decisions. Until we enact real change, premiums will continue to rise for millions of American families.”