Written by Jeff Bayard
US Senators and House Representatives Weigh in On Government Authority to Tax at Will Following SCOTUS Ruling, and huge tax to impact the middle class!
Right Side News gathered several of the immediate press releases in response to the Supreme Court split decision on ACA, or Obamacare. The bottom line is simple. The Supreme Court has paved an eight lane super highway without a speed limit smack in front of our elected representatives from the President on down to TAX AT WILL
, and believe me the juggernaut of tax legislation is tumbling around in all the scheming brains inside the beltway. Now, it is up to you, the voter, to put your citizen battle boots on, and get to work. Our charge is to hold our representatives, including the ones represented below, to account. Hold their feet to the fire of the American spirit, which is now beginning to come online as an inferno. DONT TREAD ON ME! My vote counts and millions of our votes will cast you out of power this November. And for you politicians that win in November, you are entering an uncomfortable place, as we will hold you accountable. Repeal ObamaScare!and DONT TAX ME NO MORE!
Rubio: "We have now created an IRS problem for millions of Americans. Anyone who thinks that is good for economic growth is out of their minds."
Interview with CNBC Senator Marco Rubio
June 28, 2012
Recall Obama's discussion with George Stephanopoulos (Sep 20, 2009) who took Obama to the matt on his pledge not to raise taxes on the middle class and with the Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare, we will now have one of the largest tax increases in history on middle class, at least 21 new taxes on you and I, the average Joe--it will add a trillion to the deficit.....
Rubio: We Have Now Created An IRS Problem For Millions Of Americans
Senator Marco Rubio: "Well, first of all, let's be clear. I think it is pretty telling that, for the Obama Administration, a victory is a middle class tax increase. And that's what this is. Not me saying it, That is what the Supreme Court said today.
"It is important to realize that what the Supreme Court decides is not whether something is a good idea or not. What they decide is whether it's constitutional. And the reason why they say this is constitutional is because this is a tax increase. So, for folks watching back home, here's what this means. This now means that if you don't buy health insurance, you are not in lawful compliance with law and the IRS can come after you and will come after you.
"We have now created an IRS problem for millions of Americans. Anyone who thinks that is good for economic growth is out of their minds."
Rubio: Economic Reaction To A Tax Hike Will Be Negative
Senator Rubio: "Here's the bottom line now. It is constitutional according to the Supreme Court because it is a tax increase. We have to live with the consequences of this now. There are a lot of things that are constitutional that happen to be bad ideas and this just joins the list. Because now millions of Americans will have an IRS problem beginning in 2014.
"We just came out with numbers today, less than 2 percent growth, an anemic economic growth. And you watch today the numbers on the market, you watch the economic reaction to that and it will be negative. People do not think this is good news. Creating an IRS problem for millions of Americans is not good news."
Rubio: Obama Broke His Promise; This Is A Tax Increase
Senator Rubio: "This is a broken promise. Barack Obama said he would not be raising taxes on the middle class. This is exactly what this is. When he told George Stephanopoulos on ABC a few years ago that this was not a tax increase, he obviously didn't know what he was talking about because his lawyers before the Supreme Court argued that it was a tax increase. And today the Supreme Court affirmed that."
Rubio: ObamaCare Is Not The Right Approach
Senator Rubio: "We all want Americans to have more choices when it comes to health insurance. We've never denied, I don't think anyone does, that we have a health insurance problem in America. But I don't think you solve that problem by growing the debt, by taking choices away from people, by trying to force states to deficit spend in order to put people on their Medicaid rolls, and by turning the IRS into an enforcement mechanism for health insurance. That's just not the right approach."
June 28, 2012
WASHINGTON – Earlier today, the Supreme Court of the United States delivered a disappointing ruling in Florida v. the United States Department of Health and Human Services, affirming that the federal mandate to purchase government-approved health insurance imposes a tax on the American people. In the response to today's decision, First District Representative Paul Ryan issued the following statement:
In the response to today's decision, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin issued the following statement:
"The federal government is tasked with protecting our cherished liberties – not infringing upon them with mandates and intrusions into our lives. Today's ruling affirms another broken promise by President Obama, who misled the American people in selling the law by insisting that the federal mandate was not a tax.
"Despite today's disappointing decision on the law's constitutionality, there is no question that the law remains terrible policy. It is bad news for individuals, whose personal health care decisions are threatened by greater government control. It is bad news for workers, whose paychecks and jobs are threatened by the hundreds of billions of dollars of new tax hikes and crippling uncertainty from the massive law. It is bad news for seniors, whose health security is threatened by the bureaucratic restrictions to access from the law's changes to Medicare. It is bad news for future generations, whose prospects for greater opportunity are stifled by the trillions of dollars of new debt that will result from this law.
"It is incumbent upon citizens and their elected leaders to clear this partisan roadblock with full repeal, and advance common-sense, patient-centered solutions. We can still ensure universal access to quality, affordable health coverage without a budget-busting federal government power grab. I remain committed to advancing reforms that realign incentives so that individuals and their doctors – not government bureaucrats or insurance company bureaucrats – are the nucleus of our health care system. This requires reforms to equalize the tax treatment of health insurance, invite true choice and competition, and ensure critical programs like Medicare and Medicaid can deliver on their promise in the 21st century.
"Today's decision strengthens the case for repeal and replace. With the right leadership in place, I am confident we can advance real health care solutions for the American people. It is now in the hands of the American people to determine whether this disastrous law will stand."
Washington, Jun 28 - Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan offered the following statement in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling upholding ObamaCare's individual mandate under the federal government's power to tax:
"The Court's decision is disappointing. There are now no limits to the reach of the federal government."
"The President told us the individual mandate was not a tax. Now the Supreme Court says it is. Either way, ObamaCare must be repealed. It puts Washington in charge and devours trillions of taxpayer dollars without making a dent in the cost of health care."
"We should repeal and restart. This will allow us to start over, taking the time to get health care reform right with simple, common sense reforms and strong public support."
###Congressman Jim Jordan is Chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC).
Today, U.S. Senator DeMint (R-South Carolina) made the following statement:
The Supreme Court may have failed to stop this government takeover of health care, but the American people will not. Since the day this law was rammed through Congress, the American people have demanded repeal, and today’s ruling doesn’t make Obamacare any less dangerous to our nation’s health. Freedom-loving Americans are disappointed, but we cannot be discouraged.
“The President’s health care law must be fully repealed as all of its promises have proven false. We were told it was not a tax hike, but this ruling confirms it is an unprecedented and enormous tax on the poor and middle class Americans. President Obama needs to explain why he is enacting this middle class tax hike over the objections of the American people during the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression.
“We were told it would lower health costs, but health care premiums are exploding. We were told that Americans could keep their personal health plans, but millions will now lose it. We were told it would improve our economy, but it is now the largest obstacle to employers hiring new workers.
“This government takeover of health care remains as destructive, unsustainable, and unconstitutional as it was the day it was passed, unread, by a since-fired congressional majority. Now as then, our first step toward real health care reform and economic renewal remains Obamacare’s full repeal, down to the last letter and punctuation mark.
“I urge every governor to stop implementing the health care exchanges that would help implement the harmful effects of this misguided law. Americans have loudly rejected this federal takeover of health care, and governors should join with the people and reject its implementation.”
“The President’s health care law will not reform anything, but is already undermining what does still work in America’s health care system. We cannot build a free market health care system on this flawed structure of centralized government control, we must repeal all of it and start over with commonsense solutions that make health care more affordable and accessible for every American. We can allow Americans to purchase lower cost plans from other states, support state high-risk pools to cover those with pre-existing conditions, medical-malpractice reform to end frivolous lawsuits, and tax equity so Americans who don’t get their health insurance from an employer are not penalized.”
“Today’s decision, however unfortunate, nonetheless represents an opportunity to all Americans, to claim their right to create a health care system of, for, and by the people, not government or special interests. The American people now have the chance and Congress has the responsibility to fully repeal this Washington takeover and reform health care ourselves, together, around the principles of individual liberty, not government mandates.
“The same freedom that made America strong and prosperous will make us healthier, too, so long as politicians remember that the health care system is supposed to serve our people, and not the other way around.”
(WASHINGTON)--- Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement today after the United States Supreme Court announced it has ruled to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
"The United States Supreme Court has ruled to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by extending the power of the United States Congress to tax Americans' behavior. This is a sad day for Americans, as they will be taxed to pay for benefits they may not need or want as part of the insurance they are forced to buy. With this decision, Congress has been granted infinite taxation power, and there are no longer any limits on what the federal government can tax its citizens to do.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will hit the middle class especially hard, as hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost as businesses try to avoid the penalties and costs created by the healthcare law. The healthcare law will cost trillions of dollars, raise costs for employers and create huge incentives for them to drop health insurance.
Benjamin Franklin did indeed state, 'In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.' However, Dr. Franklin never envisioned the federal government would use its power of taxation to punish people for not purchasing health care. Today, individual sovereignty in America has been defeated."
from Michele Bachmann RSS Articles
"Health care reforms should ensure families and doctors make health care decisions – not Washington politicians."
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) released the following statement after the Supreme Court announced their decision to substantially uphold Obamacare:
"I am deeply disappointed by the court's decision. Today's Supreme Court decision raises the stakes for the coming months. Since Congress passed Obamacare in 2010, I have made its repeal my top priority. After leading thousands to Washington to speak against its passage, I was the first to introduce the bill to repeal it. Obamacare represents the largest expansion of entitlement spending and a playground of left-wing social engineering in our country's history and must be stopped. Now, the only way to save the country from Obamacare's budget-busting government takeover of health care is to completely repeal it. I disagree with the court's ruling and expansion of government power under the commerce clause. Government should never have the right to tell Americans what they must purchase.
"Under President Obama's signature legislation, health care costs continue to skyrocket, and up to 20 million Americans could lose their employer-based coverage. Innovations in life-saving medical technology, a significant industry in Minnesota is threatened. Meanwhile, a panel of unelected bureaucrats now has the unprecedented authority to come between elderly patients and their doctors. Obamacare is socialized medicine that threatens the quality of our health care and worse, the foundations of our republic.
"We must replace Obamacare with a system that allows portability, allows individuals to purchase healthcare across state lines, allows individuals to purchase the plan of their choice, and includes tort reform. Real health care reform is about bringing down the cost of healthcare through free-market competition. Real health care reform is about giving families more choices, not less. It is not about empowering big government where doctors and patients have little to no say in the quality of care they receive.
"Every American should have the opportunity to provide health care for themselves and their family and the freedom to choose the plan that's best for them. Health care reforms should ensure families and doctors make health care decisions – not Washington bureaucrats and politicians. Millions of Americans are still without access to affordable health care. The Supreme Court's decision didn't change that. Americans deserve real market based reforms, not big government, to increase access to the greatest health care system in the world."
Bachmann, the Chair of the House Tea Party Caucus, was in the courtroom as the opinion was read. She has been a long-time advocate of repealing the President's health care overhaul. Hours after passage, Bachmann introduced the first bill in the House of Representatives to repeal Obamacare in full.
Washington, DC- Congressman Steve King released the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court declaring the individual mandate to be Constitutional under Congress's taxing power.
"Leading up to today, the lower courts were split on a handful of issues," said King. "One issue they were nearly unanimous on was that the individual mandate was not a tax therefore could not be upheld under Congress's power to tax. Today the Supreme Court disagrees with the vast majority of lower court decisions and contradicts President Obama himself, who vehemently denied that the individual mandate was a tax.
The fate of ObamaCare is not yet set. The House has voted to pass my language to repeal 100% of ObamaCare. Every Republican Senator has voted to do the same. On the other hand, President Obama and Democrats in Congress remain as committed as ever to forcing the unconstitutional law that bears the President's name upon an unwilling and disapproving public. The choice could not be clearer. The American people should be reminded that there is no force more powerful than their voice. After the passage of ObamaCare, the American people made their disapproval known in a powerful way. Today's decision should renew that call and spirit.
The Constitution lays out a government of limited, enumerated powers, and the size and scope of our current government, and specifically ObamaCare, are well beyond what our Founding Fathers ever intended. The American people will decide the fate of ObamaCare."
Washington, DC – Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) released the following statement regarding today's decision by the United States Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act.
"Since its inception I have fought against the adoption of Obamacare and I applaud the innumerable citizens who have stood for freedom, common sense and the right to life in opposition to this dangerous piece of socialist engineering.
"Today's ruling does not end the need for continued opposition to this offensive overreach into the most private aspect of Americans' lives. With this decision, I, my conservative colleagues and a substantial majority of Americans will redouble our campaign to defund and repeal all of Obamacare.
Washington, Jun 28 -
Representative Sandy Adams (FL-24) released the following statement after the Supreme Court upheld the health care law.
"The Supreme Court's ruling does not change the fact that the health care law has been a tremendous burden to our nation's economy, job creators, and the seniors whose care is at risk. From overregulation, to the failed stimulus, to the health care law, President Obama has repeatedly shown the American people that he believes government is the solution to our nation's problems. However, my Republican House colleagues and I believe that the American people – not the federal government – are the best arbitrators of their health care needs. When I was elected to Congress, I made a promise to Central Floridians that I would work to repeal the disastrous health care law, and I will not waver in this commitment. Now, more than ever, is the time to move forward with common-sense, step-by-step reforms to allow Americans to make their own health care decisions at a lower cost."