Today, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-16) released the following statement after the Supreme Court announced its decision uphold the core of President Barack Obama's health care reform.
“Obviously, I am very disappointed that the Supreme Court failed to strike down the massive health care overhaul which is ineffective and opposed by a majority of Americans. The Court is not perfect and this is not the first time – nor will it be the last time – they came to the wrong conclusion. In many cases the Court has eventually moved to overturn a previous mistake, an outcome that I and a majority of Americans remain hopeful for in this case.
“Despite the Court voting to uphold the law as constitutional, the fact remains that this law has raised taxes, gutted Medicare, increased premiums, added burdensome regulations and substantially increased the cost of health care for American families. It is also important to remember that this decision in no way prevents legislators from repealing it in the future and replacing it with legislation that both increases consumer freedom and lowers health care costs – two things the President’s law has proven to be incapable of doing.”
The Huffington Post reported today on the Supreme Court's decision. Justice John Roberts, who wrote the majority opinion, which included this:
"The individual mandate cannot be upheld as an exercise of Congress's power under the Commerce Clause. That Clause authorizes Congress to regulate interstate commerce, not to order individuals to engage in it."