While the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act, members Kansas’ Congressional delegation expressed their disappointment in the decision.
“While I was disappointed with the court’s decision, the Supreme Court ruling does not change the fact that this law is fundamentally flawed and unworkable,” Congressman Kevin Yoder, who represents Kansas’ Third District which includes Johnson County, said in a statement Thursday morning. “It will lower the quality and increase the cost of care of all Americans. It is a tremendous burden on small business and our struggling economic recovery, and we simply can’t afford it.”
Sen. Pat Roberts echoed Yoder’s concerns in a statement issued a few hours after the Supreme Court ruling was released. He said the law will drive up family premiums and force state governments to shoulder more than $100 billion in new Medicaid costs.
“And far from creating jobs, the health care law will actually result in 800,000 fewer jobs over the next decade,” Roberts said. “It’s time to repeal Obamacare and replace it with commonsense, step-by-step reforms that will actually lower costs.”
Rep. Tim Huelskamp, who represents western Kansas, said the day the Court released its opinion on the healthcare law will stand as a definitive date in the “advance of government tyranny.”
“Today, a slim majority of the Supreme Court turned our Constitution on its head and ruled that the federal government, in effect, can force upon the American people anything it damn well pleases – as long as it is called a tax,” Huelskamp said in a statement. “…The Court may have spoken, but the American people can have the last word this November when they go to the polls and decide the future of our nation. We need the American people in charge, not politicians and bureaucrats.”
Kansas delegation reacts to healthcare ruling