Alexander Statement on Supreme Court’s Ruling on Health Care Law

Calls for full repeal of the health-care law, step-by-step approach to reducing health care costs

Posted on June 28, 2012

 WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision on the health-care law:

“The Supreme Court may have failed to declare the entire health-care law unconstitutional, but it is still an historic mistake that expanded a health-care system we already knew we couldn’t afford. Congress should repeal the law and then proceed step by step to reduce the cost of health care so more Americans can afford to buy insurance.”

Alexander voted against the health care bill after warning his colleagues it would be “an historic mistake” and has voted repeatedly to repeal it. He was selected by Senate Republican Leader McConnell and Speaker Boehner to deliver opening remarks on behalf of Congressional Republicans at the health care summit in February 2010 (Video HERE), where he disagreed with President Obama over the president’s assertion the health care bill would not increase individual premiums. Alexander told the president: “It means there will be about a half trillion dollars of new taxes in it. It means that for millions of Americans, premiums will go up, because when people pay those new taxes, premiums will go up, and they will also go up because of the government mandates.”

 

Six months after the bill became law, the Wall Street Journal reported that individuals’ premiums were already going up.

 

Alexander has repeatedly urged his colleagues to repeal the law and replace it with immediate insurance reforms and step-by-step reductions in health care costs such as allowing buying insurance across state lines; permitting small businesses to join together to offer cheaper insurance to employees; limiting junk lawsuits against doctors; reducing waste, fraud and abuse; and expanding health savings accounts.

 

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