The Supreme Court has finally spoken. In what will be remembered as one of the most anticipated rulings of this generation, the constitutionality of the Obama administration’s healthcare law has been upheld by a vote of 5-4. This decision reaffirms how necessary it is that we elect Governor Romney as the next President of the United States.
Today’s ruling will usher in a future of higher costs, fewer choices, and less control over our health care decisions. The federal individual mandate violates the principles of federalism and limited government. It places the future of healthcare in America in the hands of unelected bureaucrats. It robs states of the freedom to develop solutions that fit the needs of their citizens. There is no denying that these are serious problems.
Indeed, Justices Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas stressed the precedent that Obamacare will set when they dissented: "The act before us here exceeds federal power both in mandating the purchase of health insurance and in denying non-consenting states all Medicaid funding."
By upholding the President’s healthcare law, the Supreme Court has redefined the role of the federal government as we know it. The decision expands the reach of the federal government in an extraordinary way.
Quite simply, President Obama’s healthcare law is not good for our country. The Supreme Court’s decision does not change the fact that it’s a job-killer. Nor does it alter the fact that it’s unpopular with the American people.
Fortunately, we still have a choice. With Governor Romney’s leadership, we can replace Obamacare with free market healthcare solutions which empower patients and doctors, not bureaucrats. Only then will we be able to restore the liberties compromised by President Obama’s policies.