Transcript: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on the Supreme Court health care decision

Edited by Jenny Jiang

Transcript of remarks by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) on the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act ruling on June 28, 2012: 

“Good afternoon. Thank you everyone for coming.

“Earlier today I was at the Supreme Court to hear Chief Justice [John] Roberts issue the decision on the Affordable Care Act. And while we respect the court, we respectfully disagree with the decision.

“Just because the court upheld the law as constitutional does not mean it is a good law. In fact, it’s a terrible law. Unprecedented government power fundamentally changing the relationship between the individual and the government. And in fact Chief Justice Roberts acknowledged that.

“The court ruled today that in fact the Affordable Care Act is a tax. It is the largest tax in America’s history.

“We also know that CBO [Congressional Budget Office] has estimated that up to 20 million Americans will lose their employer health insurance. It makes it harder for small businesses to hire.

“And as a mom and a wife making health care decisions like many families in America, we’ve already seen our premiums skyrocket on average $2,100 per family.

“For all of these reasons and more, the American people oppose this bill. In fact, the opposition has increased since the law was signed two years ago.

“That’s why the Republicans pledged to America to repeal this law. And we are more determined today than ever to repeal this law.

“The Supreme Court spoke today but they won’t have the final word. The American people will have the final word in November.”

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