Transcript: Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle on the Supreme Court health care decision

Edited by Jenny Jiang

Transcript of remarks by Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.) on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act on June 28, 2012: 

“While the court ruled that this is a constitutional law, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s good policy.

“I’m a registered nurse and since then a health care attorney. I’ve been in health care for most of my professional life. So health care for me is intensely personal and it’s just that I’m very passionate about it.

“Throughout the course of the last 18 months, I have had my hospitals, my physicians, I have had senior citizens, I have had nurses come to me and say this law is bad. It is going to bankrupt us. It is going to affect the way we are able to provide care for our patients.

“So it may be constitutional, but it’s not good policy. And as legislators, our primary goal needs to be enact laws that do what’s best for the American people, that make sure that they have access to health care, that we do everything in our power to keep the cost of health care down.

“This law doesn’t talk about tort reform. This law doesn’t take any of the necessary steps to really reform the cost of health care in this nation.

“The President continues to say that if you like your health care you can keep it. Well, I’m here to tell you I hear from my folks in the district all the time, from my physicians, from hospitals, the concern that that’s not what’s going to be what happens. So many people and employers are going to put their employees into the exchange and they will lose their choice for health care. In the United States of America, that’s unacceptable. That’s unacceptable as legislators, and it should be unacceptable for the American people.

“So as was mentioned, today begins the fight. Today begins another debate. Today begins the true debate on how we are going to reform health care in the United States of America.”

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