Transcript: Rep. Nan Hayworth on the Supreme Court health care decision

Edited by Jenny Jiang

Transcript of remarks by Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.) on the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act on June 28, 2012: 

“I’m a physician myself. I’m an ophthamologist, and I had the privilege of caring for patients in the Hudson Valley for 16 years.

“And I’m here to represent patients and doctors across the country. My colleagues tell me that they’re very concerned about their ability to deliver the care that their patients deserve and that they have come rightly to expect under the terms of this law.

“In particular, I’m worried about Medicare patients. As a opthamologist, you can imagine I took care of many of them in my career.

“This law – this 2010 law – takes half a trillion out of Medicare. This directly compromises their access to care. It is unacceptable.

“We are resolved here to honor the goals of that law which are the right goals – to have good, affordable health care for all Americans, affordable, portable health insurance.

“The wrong law. We cannot afford to impose a $2 trillion bureaucracy on the American people, and we can honor those goals in ways that make sense. We are here to put patients at the center of health care. Patients, their doctors, their providers at the center of health care and not the federal government.

“And Cathy [McMorris Rodgers] is exactly right, we are more determined than ever and we will succeed.”



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