House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), and House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (NY-21) released the following statement after the Supreme Court decision to dismiss a constitutional challenge to Obamacare:
“A decade ago, Obamacare passed by a partisan vote in Congress. Its advocates made false promises that led to problems for millions of Americans. Americans were promised they could keep their doctors, only to be kicked off their preferred plans. They were promised lower costs, only to see premiums double while out of pocket costs continue to rise. And they were promised great choices, only to see consolidation among providers.
“These problems were the result of bad policy decisions by the Democrats who wrote Obamacare.
“Republicans have always believed that forcing Americans to buy a government-mandated product was unconstitutional and that the Obamacare tax hit lower-income Americans especially hard. While the Supreme Court ruled today that states do not have standing to challenge the mandate, the ruling does not change the fact that Obamacare failed to meet its promises and is hurting hard-working American families. Now, Congress must work together to improve American health care.
“The American people want a health care system that is simple, personalized, patient-centered, transparent, cost-effective, and innovative. House Republicans are committed to actually lowering health care costs, protecting those with preexisting conditions, and providing Americans more health care options that best fit their personal health needs. Meanwhile the Democrats continue to push more and more control into the hands of Washington bureaucrats. But as Operation Warp Speed has shown, Americans benefit immensely from private sector innovation and execution. It is time for Congress to build on that success, not double down on a failed health care law or, worse, move towards a one-size-fits-all, socialist system that takes away choice entirely and would never have produced Operation Warp Speed.”