Thursday, June 28, 2012

Batchelder on SCOTUS Decision

COLUMBUS—In response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the federal health care law, Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) released the following statement:

“Today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court will raise taxes on all Americans and give the federal government unprecedented control not just over people’s health care decisions, but over the entire economy of our nation. I’m shocked and disappointed that this federal health care law—which will skyrocket costs on Ohioans and hurt Ohio’s businesses—was not overturned. Although we clearly need to reduce costs and improve Ohioans’ access to care, these mandates from President Obama and the then-Democrat Congress were not the best course of action for Americans and especially not for Ohioans. This plan is projected to raise costs on Ohioans by $940 million over the next two years at a time when we all are least able to afford it.

“My colleagues and I in the House Republican Caucus will work with Governor Kasich and the Senate to explore ways to minimize the detrimental effect these costs will have on families and businesses. It is my sincere hope that Congress will ultimately repeal the rest of the law and start fresh with reforms that will improve the quality and cost of care all Americans receive.”