Thursday, June 28, 2012

St. Sen. Obhof on SCOTUS Decision

COLUMBUS —In response to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling today upholding the federal healthcare law, State Senator Larry Obhof (R- Medina) issued the following statement:

“We are very disappointed with the Supreme Court’s ruling. In more than 200 years, the federal government has never forced the citizens of the United States to purchase any service or other product. We continue to believe that this law is a significant overreach, and we stand with the people of Ohio, who rejected the Individual Mandate last year by passing Issue 3 by a margin of 2-to-1.

"This may create significant long-term difficulties for the State of Ohio. The law could increase Ohio’s Medicaid enrollment by as much as 50 percent over the next few years, requiring billions of dollars in additional funding at a time when the budget is already difficult.

"We strongly urge Congress to repeal this law and begin working on better long-term solutions that will reduce costs and improve access to quality health care."