WASHINGTON, DC – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (WY-AL) released the following statement on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling last night that the Affordable Care Act’s Individual Mandate is unconstitutional:
“It becomes even more clear that Democrats wrote a law that violates the Constitution. The Court’s ruling sheds light on the fact that it will take the U.S. government considerable time to sort through the damage caused by Democrats’ reckless legislative actions.
“A decade ago, Obamacare passed without a single Republican vote. Democrats went it alone, made false promises, bad policy, and 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 rise. And they were promised more choices, only to see fewer.
“It was not ‘sabotage’ that caused these disasters. Bad policy decisions by the Democrats who wrote the Obamacare’s ‘tortured’ language are solely responsible for its failure.
“The American people want a healthcare system that is simple, personalized, and cost-effective. As Medicare Advantage and Part D have shown, when you allow greater competition, prices go down, people pay less, and private industry offers new benefits. It is time for Congress to build on these successes, not double down on a failed healthcare law or, worse, move towards a one-size-fits-all system that takes away choice entirely. And instead of working on these shared goals that have the potential to benefit individuals, Democrats have derailed all progress by fixating on their impeachment efforts against the President.
“Our country deserves better; they deserve that Members of Congress focus their attention on improving individuals’ quality of life, not waste valuable time and resources at settling a political score. That is why the Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress will continue to protect people’s health care. We urge Democrats to come to the table and help us pass a constitutional law that protects pre-existing conditions and is more affordable for everyday Americans.”