Transcript: Rep. Renee Ellmers on the Supreme Court health care decision

Edited by Jenny Jiang

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

“Yesterday I said a new chapter will be written for health care as a result of the Supreme Court decision.

“It isn’t the chapter I was expecting but it is one we will continue in the fight.

“I came to Washington because of Obamacare. As a nurse and with my husband as a surgeon who is actually here in Washington now, we knew we had to fight against this for health care. As a mother, I’m concerned about our children. As a nurse, I’m concerned about our seniors.

“This decision keeps in place $500 billion being cut out of health care for Medicare for our seniors. And it also continues the Independent Payment and Advisory Board, which will be 15 bureaucratic, unaccountable individuals who will make health care decisions for our seniors and for our citizens.

“The fight continues. The uncertainty remains. And the vision that has kept me awake so many times at night as a nurse seeing myself holding hands of a patient while the doctor comes into the room and says that their life-saving treatment will be denied because the Independent Payment Advisory Board deems it unnecessary remains in my mind.

“We are and will remain committed to this. We will repeal Obamacare. And this will continue to be our fight. And then the chapter for reform with efficient, accountable, responsible health care reform will be put in place.”



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