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SCOTUS Ruling – Dan Weber Speaks at Press Conference on Capitol Hill

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.

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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.

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Dale
3 years 11 months ago

Recently went to a meeting where one of the speakers said that the “Affordable Care Act” is a conspiracy to force us into government insurance. Step 1 – Make insurance mandatory or pay a fine. Step 2 – Make rules that will force insurance companies to increase the cost of insurance so high that . . . Step 3 – It is cheaper for businesses to pay the fine than to give employees medical insurance. Step 4 – Because of Step 2, the only insurance an employee can afford (or be subject to a fine) will be the government plan.

Chuck Drake
4 years 2 months ago

“The private sector is doing fine!”. Does Obama. his cronies and the SC know who the private sector is? This is all crazy!!!!

Max
4 years 2 months ago

Supreme Court confirms: Obama, YOU LIE!

Phil
4 years 3 months ago
Justice Roberts decision on the Obamacare mandate could be looked up as a good thing. Before Roberts decision, the public only saw Obamacare as a healthcare overhaul and not for what it really is. The American people were just not giving it much thought. It was just 2700 pages of more bureaucratic garbage they did not understand and did not want to read. Roberts may have realized this and took a risky gamble that his decision would have the whole thing blow-up in Obama’s face. This decision was very unlike Roberts. Who….is known to not like Obama very much. Obama kept lying to everyone that the Affordable Health Car Act was NOT a tax! He said this repeatedly during his interview with Stephanopoulos, and others. Now, it has been exposed for for what it really is: A monsterous tax generating machine cloaked as a phony healthcare package. The Obama Leftist… Read more »
Kirk Parro
4 years 3 months ago

All Roberts has really done is return the problem to where it deserves to be- with us. We are the ones who elected BHO to leadership (well, not me, but you know what I mean) or allowed him to be elected. The ball is now in our court (not supreme, maybe, but it is OUR COURT!).

Call your local Republican Party and ask what you can do to help. I do not say this as a Republican (I lean Libertarian) but let’s face it, there is no alternative. Besides, if enough Libertarians, TEA Partiers, and Conservatives move in to the GOP, it may once again be the Party of the People…

Bob Stevens
4 years 3 months ago

For those criticizing Roberts, look at the past reports. 0bamao said that if he was the tie breaker, and swung with the conservatives, he would be branded as a right wing radical the rest of his term in the Supreme Court. So Roberts swung with the liberals, but before he did, he called the law a “Tax Act”, the one thing that 0bamao has continuously said that this isn’t. Knowing all of the previous lies that 0bamao has dished out, which one will you believe, and think has more credibility. A president that has been caught previously in several lies, and only got into the office due to media hype, or a supreme court judge that was threatened by that president, and his cabinet, who has no other reason to lie? This SC decission is going to come back to haunt, but not the SC, but 0bamao himself.

PaulE
4 years 3 months ago

Next up “mandates” to buy Chevy Volts, houses, solar panels or pay a tax. This ruling opens up the floodgates for the government to basically mandate virtual anything or be subject to a tax. Don’t need a new house? No excuse, you owe the tax. Don’t want to buy a Chevy Volt? Too bad, the government says you have to or pay a tax. The progressive liberals in Washington are no doubt salivating at the potential revenue they can suck from the American economy to fund the transformation of America into the socialist utopia they all pine for with this ruling.

Masashi
4 years 13 days ago

Wow, that is some serious hyelpbore! First, these slight changes in the economics of oil will simply give taxpayers the money they have deserved for a long time.Second, this in no way will eliminate the domestic oil and gas industry , that is simply inaccurate.Third, If renewables get the same economic push now that oil got back in its heyday, then we could be solar powered in no time flat. Even if we simply put the royalty money straight to buying panels to power gov’t buildings.

Al DeDauw
4 years 3 months ago

We are on our way to a total Socialist goverment. One step at a time. Next they will take away the guns from law abiding citizens. The criminals will keep theirs & make some of their own if necessary; ” thats a100 percent for sure”. Wake up Americans & vote these self centered politicians out. Its the best & only choice. The ones who voted for Obama care are the ones to go.

Colleen Sirna
4 years 3 months ago

Hands in the kitty, anyone? Another gigantic cookie jar! YIPPEE!!!!!!!

Colleen Sirna
4 years 3 months ago

Hands in the kitty, anyone? Another gigantic cookie jar! YIPPEE!!!!!

Doug
4 years 3 months ago

If Congress would take a stand and declare that Obamacare was not going to be on their watch and mean it, then the Supreme court should have no say. What a bunch of spineless jelly fish.

Success is not predicated upon our accomplishments for political gain that makes us look good,but upon our ability to stay the correct and true course in the face of the obstacles. This goes for our commitment to the Lord as well as our natural lives.
The foundation of your soul will be no stronger than your current commitment & experience with the Lord.
and finally, you will never rise higher than the final stage of your fears.

Big Al
4 years 3 months ago

PART 2: OOPS. Include my $6,000/ year deductible and that makes it more like $1,800/ month.

Salman
4 years 15 days ago

If you talk to your accountant,. he can exiapln it fully.Basically, you can deduct medical dental expenses, insurance premiums, medical related travel, as part of yout itemized deduxtions. If you don’t itemize, you’re out of luck.

Big Al
4 years 3 months ago

The day after the Supreme Court decision, I received notice from my health care insurer that they are seeking an 18.6% increase for 2013. That will take my premiums from $1104/ month to $1309/ month. So much for AFFORDABLE healthcare!!!!!!!!!!

Lynn Heath
4 years 3 months ago

How we think is influenced by the words we use. I don’t know exactly when our newspapers and government started using the word “healthcare”. If we used the words “medical services” as I think we should we would think differently about both “health” and “medicine”. As a general rule you take “care” of your own health by eating right, getting proper rest and exercise and avoiding a variety of bad habits. If you get injured or sick you go to a doctor for “medical services”. A free market sets the price for “service”, a sentimental market sets priorities on who gets “care”.

4 years 3 months ago

Well said!

David O'Rourke
4 years 3 months ago

The irony in John Robert’s opinion is that he said what the Tae Parties have been saying for the past few years, if we keep voting for the same self-interested, self- agrandized, lot we should not be surprised that the SCOTUS refuses to overturn their decisions. It is time for us to realize that as long as we vote for these lawyers who live in the world where we can call it a penalty if it meets our purposes but in the same document call it a tax even when the law stipulates that the terms are mutually exclusive we will continue to have the will of the American people overturned by the rule of a relatively few people in Washington DC. It is time for all Americans, liberal and conservative, to stand up and be heard.

Jacquie Doty
4 years 3 months ago
In my family there have been four generations of physicians beginning with my grandfather. The young man of the fifth generation simply told his father he had no desire to give up his youth by going to medical school, only to become a government lackey. He majored in business. My husband is a retired physician, and we counseled both of our sons to stay as far away as possible from medicine. they did, and both make far better incomes than their physician acquaintances. Right now, our once stellar Internal Medicine clinic, is staffed primarily by foreign trained, female docs, and soon to be retired, older males. They have been searching for new docs for six years with no luck. I believe the goal of Obamacare is to pull in as many foreign trained docs as possible to make up for the coming dire shortage of American trained physicians.
John Oliff
4 years 3 months ago

Imagine that ! One of this nations elite surprised us with an opinion that defies explanation. Smarter people than I determined that the mandate was the issue to oppose. My seat of the pants problem with obozocare is the yet undefined power the government has been allowsed to take from the state and, more important, from the people.I refuse to comply. I have insurance now. January 1st 2014 I will cancell my insurance and pay the “fine”.

Robert A Hirschmann
4 years 3 months ago

Sounds like SCOTUS pulled a Pontious Pilot. ” We wash our hands of this decision.” If they call it a tax they won’t have to be responsible for going against the “King”. Send it back and let the congress worry about it!

Barb Martin
4 years 3 months ago

I hope Edward’s views prevail! Anytime the government involves itself in ANYTHING, it impinges on our freedom to make our own decisions. Handouts like this medical care always invite abuse. The whole concept feels more like socialism than the free enterprise concept that our country was founded on. I believe that welfare abuse is to blame for a lot of the ills we are dealing with today—from the social to the financial. Yes, helping out the less fortunate is a good idea, but letting people LIVE off the dole for generations is NOT! Let’s elect lots of people who will oppose our present march toward socialism and take back our country!

Edward Gundersen
4 years 3 months ago

The first George Bush said he would have no new taxes. There was and he was defeated. Obama said the ObamaCare bill would not be a tax. The Supreme Court of the land says it is a tax. Ergo, what was good for George W. Bush, will equally apply to Obama. Hopefully, that will be so and we can bring back some sanity to our country’s leadership.

Nathan
4 years 1 month ago

I didn’t get to vote but totally agree with you. Taxing coinumptson is infinitely preferable to taxing work and investment.Expect the Deficit Panel to recommend huge VAT taxes on top of income taxes. Obama’s spending is far too much for any VAT tax alone to pay for. For that matter, it’s far too much for any combination of taxes to pay for. Monetization or default is inevitable.

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