Dan Weber, AMAC’s president, was invited to speak at a news conference outside the US Capitol on Thursday, at 3 PM. The News Conference was held by the “House GOP Doctor’s Caucus,” a group of 21 doctors and medical professionals who are Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives. These elected officials responded to the Supreme Court decision on ObamaCare, and presented their plans to replace ObamaCare with positive improvements to our Health Care system.
Dan appeared at the podium with over 60,000 petitions to repeal Obamacare signed by AMAC members. AMAC Ambassadors will hand deliver the petitions to representatives of each congressional district next week.
Watch Video Here:
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Responses from the ‘GOP Doctor’s Caucus’
Despite ruling, President’s health care law remains “disastrous policy”
Washington, D.C., Jun 28 –
GOP Doctors Caucus: Despite ruling, President’s health care law remains “disastrous policy”
Responding to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Obama’s health care law today, members of the GOP Doctors Caucus resolved once more to continue fighting for its full repeal. Placing health care decisions and one-sixth of the economy in the hands of the federal government is catastrophic for our health care system and a fiscal nightmare for taxpayers. As physicians, the Doctors Caucus is committed to enacting step-by-step, patient-centered reforms that increase access, ensure quality of care, and protect the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship.
Co-Chair Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D. (GA-11)
Simply put, I am confounded by the Supreme Court’s decision. The President and Congressional Democrats repeatedly and steadfastly denied that Obamacare was a tax, yet that is exactly what the Court has deemed it. In doing so, the Court did indeed rewrite the statute and engage in judicial tax-writing, as the dissenting opinion states. I believe that this disappointing ruling will be disastrous for our health care system, patients, and physicians. As a Congressman, a physician, and most importantly, as an American, my top priority will remain the full repeal of President Obama’s health care law. Health care decisions must remain between health care providers and their patients, and out of the hands of Washington bureaucrats.
Co-Chair Rep. Tim Murphy, Ph.D. (PA-18):
Today’s Supreme Court ruling is not a judgment on the merits of the policy, but on the constitutionality of President Obama’s new healthcare tax. The bill that was rushed through Congress and signed into law was unpopular, unworkable and unsustainable. It was not designed to deliver the kind of healthcare reforms Americans want and need. Simply put, a healthcare tax is not healthcare reform. Beyond full repeal of the bill, Congress must deliberate on what is truly needed — and is constitutionally sound — to fix our healthcare system rather than just raising taxes to finance it. The American people are demanding a system that delivers the care you need, at a price you can afford, from a doctor you choose — without new taxes or a government takeover.
Rep. Ron Paul, M.D. (TX-14):
I strongly disagree with today’s decision by the Supreme Court, but I am not surprised. The Court has a dismal record when it comes to protecting liberty against unconstitutional excesses by Congress. Today we should remember that virtually everything government does is a ‘mandate.’ The issue is not whether Congress can compel commerce by forcing you to buy insurance, or simply compel you to pay a tax if you don’t. The issue is that this compulsion implies the use of government force against those who refuse. The fundamental hallmark of a free society should be the rejection of force. In a free society, therefore, individuals could opt out of “Obamacare” without paying a government tribute.
Those of us in Congress who believe in individual liberty must work tirelessly to repeal this national health care law and reduce federal involvement in healthcare generally. Obamacare can only increase third party interference in the doctor-patient relationship, increase costs, and reduce the quality of care. Only free market medicine can restore the critical independence of doctors, reduce costs through real competition and price sensitivity, and eliminate enormous paperwork burdens. Americans will opt out of Obamacare with or without Congress, but we can seize the opportunity today by crafting the legal framework to allow them to do so.
Rep. John Fleming, M.D. (LA-04):
The Supreme Court has confirmed what President Obama and Washington liberals denied: Obamacare is a massive tax increase, and it will force the American people to fund another government-run entitlement. While giving states a break from Obamacare’s Medicaid burden, the Court has given no such option to individuals.
This decision strikes at the heart of our liberty and raises taxes for a new government program that has an enormous price tag, and represents one of the greatest government power grabs in ourlifetime. Obamacare accelerates the demise of Medicare, empowers unelected bureaucrats to make decisions about medical care, provides for taxpayer-funded abortions, dramatically expands the role of the IRS to enforce the individual mandate, drives up government spending, does nothing to bring down the rising costs of health care, and inserts the federal government between doctors and patients. Congress and the American people will have the last word on this. I am more committed than ever to fighting for the full repeal of Obamacare.
Rep. Anne Marie Buerkle, R.N. (NY-25):
Today’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act does not settle the matter on healthcare reform. America still needs genuine healthcare reform that actually increases access, improves quality, preserves choice, guards the conscience of Americans, and protects us from government overreach.
Rep. Larry Buschon, M.D. (In-08):
I am disappointed but respectful of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold this near government takeover of our health care system that negatively impacts one sixth of our nation’s economy. Further, the Supreme Court confirming the Obama administration’s argument that the individual mandate is a tax violates the promise President Obama made to the American people. Obamacare is a massive tax increase on the middle class both directly and indirectly through higher taxes on employers.
Obamacare is bad for all Americans and will continue to be a major impediment to job creation and getting people back to work. Along with a sluggish economy, these are the major issues affecting our country. I will continue to work to repeal this law in its entirety and implement market-based solutions that focus on lowering cost while maintaining access to the highest quality of care.
House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-6):
Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court has set a dangerous precedent by allowing this administration to continue pursuing its unbridled effort to erode personal freedom and undo the principles upon which this country was founded. President Obama’s health care law trumps personal health care choices in exchange for a more powerful Washington. It will force American citizens to endure diminished quality of care, increased insurance costs, health care rationing and excessive taxation. We have no choice but to exercise every possible legislative option to repeal this disastrous law. To fix the broken status quo in America’s health care system, we ought to pursue positive, patient-centered solutions that preserve the sacred doctor-patient relationship, keep unelected bureaucrats from denying access to care, expand access, address costs, assure quality and encourage innovation all without putting the government in control or imposing mandates.”
Rep. Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10):
Today is a sad day for liberty. The Court’s misguided decision is an attack on freedom, an insult to our Constitution, and it will ultimately destroy the best healthcare system in the world. As a physician, I can tell you that if Obamacare takes full effect, it will be bad news for patients and doctors alike. What’s worse is that today we found out that the President lied to us – Obamacare will raise taxes on every man, woman, and child in the United States. That’s why despite the Court’s liberal ruling, I will continue working to completely repeal Obamacare.
Democrats are falsely claiming that Republicans don’t have alternatives to Obamacare – that’s ridiculous. More than fifty percent of Americans think that members of Congress who are doctors and nurses should write new healthcare legislation, and that’s exactly what the GOP Doctors Caucus has been working on in Washington. For example, in just 51 pages, my OPTION Act will make healthcare cheaper for everyone, provide coverage for all Americans, and save Medicare from going broke. We’ll continue to work tirelessly on behalf of the American people until constitutional and affordable healthcare reform passes.
Rep. Paul Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-01):
When Obamacare was sold to the American public by Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and other Democrats, they essentially lied to the public and said it was not a tax. However, in order to pay for this monstrous government takeover, taxes were imposed in a variety of ways, including through the individual mandate that required everyone to buy government insurance or pay penalties. Today, the Court said Congress can impose new taxes and that the individual mandate is constitutional as a new tax. In short, if it walks like a tax, talks like a tax, and quacks like a tax, the Supreme Court will tell us it’s a tax. And so it did. Hard working American people already suffer under a crushing weight of taxes. The last thing they need is yet more taxes. This is what Obamacare is, however, and I will not rest until this excessive and wasteful tax is repealed.
Rep. Diane Black, R.N. (TN-06):
The Supreme Court’s flawed decision is a gross interpretation of Congress’ taxing responsibility under the Constitution. One thing this decision certainly does not change is the need for Obamacare to be repealed – immediately. As a member of the Ways & Means Committee, I will work with my colleagues on repealing this ‘tax.’I have been fighting to fully repeal Obamacare, since I took the oath of office, and I am making progress. I am the author of the first bill signed into law that repeals a healthcare provision in Obamacare, saving taxpayers $13 billion dollars. I will not rest until Congress repeals the law in its entirety.
Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01):
While I am disappointed by the Court’s decision, I respect its authority to determine these matters. The Supreme Court’s decision determined the law’s constitutionality, not whether the law is good policy. Americans have already made up their mind on that issue. A majority favor repealing the law. As a policy, the President’s healthcare law is making things worse by driving up health costs, restricting access to physicians, and making it harder for small businesses to hire workers. The only way to change this is by repealing Obamacare in its entirety. Today’s decision does not change the overwhelming opposition of the American public to Obamacare.
Rep. Dan Benishek, M.D. (MI-01):
The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Obama’s health care law is devastating news for Northern Michigan and all of America. As a doctor who treated patients for 30 years, I know the President’s plan is not solving our health care problems. In fact, it is making them worse. The promises the President made about his law have not come true. He promised the law would lower costs, but it hasn’t. He promised individuals would be able to stay on their current health care plan, but millions may lose their employer-provided insurance. He promised the law would improve the economy, but it hasn’t.
There is no way to ‘fix’ this law. It needs to be fully repealed. A full repeal is our only opportunity to enact health care reforms the right way. Health care is becoming prohibitively expensive for too many Northern Michiganders. We have to fix that. But instead of passing a 2,700-page bill that no one understands, let’s take our time and have an honest conversation with the American people about how best to answer our health care challenges.
Rep. Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04):
This is a sad day for health care, personal freedom and those opposed to the intrusion of big government into their lives. This was a law that we did not ask for, do not need and cannot afford. Today’s ruling does not change the fact that ObamaCare is still bad for patients, bad for taxpayers and destructive to our nation’s health care system. It is now even more critical that we move forward in fully repealing this law and instituting step-by-step, patient-centered solutions that will lower medical costs and expand access to care.Today’s ruling confirms what House Republicans have been saying from the beginning: ObamaCare is now officially the biggest tax increase in American history.
Rep. Michael Burgess, M.D. (TX-26):
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is detrimental to our society, our economy and to the future of health care in America. Since its inception we have seen the strain it has placed on our economy through its ever increasing price tag, provisions which discourage small businesses to hire, and higher costs, and excessive government regulations. President Obama stated multiple times that the penalty associated with the individual mandate was not a tax; however, the Supreme Court today affirmed that indeed it was a tax. In fact, it is a tax increase and a very large tax on middle-class America. When millions are unemployed the last thing America needs is another tax.
This decision by the Supreme Court is paramount and signals to the House of Representatives that it is our responsibility to repeal this over burdensome law which increases taxes on middle class families, and replace it with common-sense policies that encourage economic growth and protect American’s access to care.
Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01):
Today’s Supreme Court ruling is a major let-down for the American people. I am truly disappointed with the decision because there does not seem to be a limit to what the federal government can compel us to do. The federal government is literally forcing all Americans to buy health insurance. If the government can force individuals to purchase health care, what else will they require the American people to purchase? Even worse, this legislation gives the federal government the right to decide what is “acceptable” coverage for individuals. Those who do not meet these standards will be taxed. The court’s ruling gives renewed urgency to our efforts to repeal this law. If we allow its full implementation, our health care decisions will forever be in the hands of Washington bureaucrats. Despite the disappointing ruling, I am committed to working to repeal the law and address critical health care challenges that face our nation with reforms that lower health care costs.
Rep. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (LA-06):
We heard today that the Supreme Court has upheld the President’s health care law. I consider this unfortunate. Most Americans wished that the Supreme Court had struck down the individual mandate at least. But I will say that this will not deter my efforts or those of House Republicans to replace the President’s health care law with something which achieves the goal of providing access to quality health care at an affordable cost, but to replace it with something which does this through free market mechanisms and not through expanded government and higher taxes. I look forward to listening to you and working with all the American people to achieve these goals.
Rep. Mike Simpson, D.D.S. (ID-02):
While I accept the Supreme Court’s decision, I am disappointed that the government now has the ability to tax American citizens if they don’t purchase a private product and I remain concerned with the precedent that sets for the future. If Americans can be taxed for not purchasing health insurance, the government’s ability to tax, or punish, American citizens as a means of driving their behavior seems unlimited. It is difficult not to see this as an approval of the significant expansion of the power of the federal government into the everyday lives of citizens.