Transcript: Sen. Mitch McConnell’s statement on the Supreme Court health care decision

Edited by Jenny Jiang

Transcript of Senate floor remarks Sen. Mitch McConnell following the Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act on June 28, 2012:

“Mr. President, two and a half years ago a Democratic President came up with a Democrat-led Congress to force a piece of legislation on the American people that they never asked for and that has turned out to be just as disastrous as many of us predicted.

“Amid economic recession, a spiraling federal debt, and accelerated increases in government health spending, they proposed a bill that made all of those problems worse.

“Americans were promised lowered health care costs. They’re going up.

“American were promised lowered premiums. They’re going up.

“Most Americans were promised their taxes wouldn’t change. And they’re going up.

“Seniors were promised Medicare would be protected. It was raided to pay for a new entitlement instead.

“Americans were promised it would create jobs. The CBO predicts it will lead to nearly a million fewer jobs.

“Americans were promised they could keep their health plans if they liked it. Yet millions have learned they can’t.

“And the President of the United States himself promised up and down that this bill was not a tax.

“This is one of the Democrat’s top selling points, because they knew it would never have passed if they said it was a tax.

“Well, the Supreme Court has spoken. This law is a tax.

“The bill was sold to the American people on a deception. But it’s not just that the promises about this law weren’t kept, it’s that it made the problems it was meant to solve even worse. The supposed cure has proven to be worse than the disease.

“So the pundits will talk a lot today about what they think today’s ruling means and what it doesn’t mean. But I can assure you of this: Republicans won’t let up whatsoever in our determination to repeal this terrible law and replace it with the kind of reforms that will truly address the kind of problems it was meant to solve.

“Now, we’ve passed plenty of terrible laws around here that the court finds constitutional. Constitutionality was never an argument to keep this law in place. And it’s certainly not one you’ll hear from Republicans in Congress.

“There’s only one way to truly fix Obamacare – only one way and that’s a full repeal – a full repeal – that clears the way for common-sense, step-by-step reforms that protect Americans’ access to the care they need from the doctor they choose at a lower cost. And that’s precisely what Republicans are committed to doing.

“The American people weren’t waiting on the Supreme Court to tell them whether they supported this law. That question was settled two and a half years ago. The more the American people have learned about this law, the less they have liked it.

“So now the court has ruled, it’s time to move beyond the constitutional debate and focus on the primary reason this law should be fully repealed and replaced because of the colossal damage it has already done to our health care system, to the economy, and to the job market.

“The Democratic health care law has made things worse. Americans want it repealed, and that’s precisely what we intend to do.

“Americans want us to start over, and today’s decision does nothing to change that.

“The court’s ruling doesn’t mark the end of the debate. It marks a fresh start on the road to repeal.

“That’s been our goal from the start. That’s our goal now, and we plan to achieve it.

“The President has done nothing to address the problems of cost, care and access. We will.”

 

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