President Obama’s Affordable Care Act to be Upheld

Jun 28, 2012 Issues: Health Care

Washington, D.C. – Representative Reid Ribble (WI-08) released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that the Affordable Care Act does not violate U.S. Constitution.

“I am disappointed with this decision because I believe that this law ultimately will do more harm than good by making our healthcare system even more costly and dysfunctional. I have repeatedly said that we need to fix the systemic problems in our healthcare system, but I have also been outspoken that this law was the wrong way to do it. Although the Supreme Court upheld the law’s constitutionality, it doesn’t mean that Congress should give up trying to improve our nation’s healthcare system.

“It’s important that both parties step up to the plate and continue to work on legislation that will lower costs, strengthen the patient-doctor relationship and protect access to quality care. This decision leaves in place a law riddled with loopholes for the politically-connected as well as many other problems, which if not addressed, will cause even more undue stress on our economy and the American people. 

“Actions speak louder than words, so when extreme partisans, who touted the passage of this law, tried to exempt the entire city of New York from the President’s healthcare plan it should have been a clear warning of how damaging it would be. The Supreme Court’s decision was unfortunate, but it does not represent the end of this effort. We do not have a government of the court, by the court and for the court…we have a government of the people, by the people and for the people. I will keep working with my colleagues on ways to remedy this flawed law so that every American, not just those with political clout, can have access to quality care at an affordable price.”