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Washington, D.C.– House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement after the Department of Health and Human Services announced the latest series of regulations to implement the Democrats’ health care law. Included in the most recent announcement is an acknowledgement by the Administration that the Medicaid eligibility requirements could mean higher costs for states. This announcement came just prior to a ruling today by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Georgia that the individual mandate is unconstitutional.
“It is a shame that then-Speaker Pelosi said we had to pass ObamaCare to find out what is in it because each and every day we find that the new health care law will cost taxpayers more money and fail to address the rising costs of health care,” said Chairman Price. “From its very beginning, the health care package has been sold with incomplete and misleading assessments of its impact on federal and state budgets. It does nothing to protect or improve access to quality, affordable care – the principles we hold dear when it comes to health care in this nation – and as we continue to learn it will put the country and our struggling states further into financial turmoil.
“Today’s ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Georgia shows the fundamental fault of the new health care law which is attempting to open the door to government assuming unchecked and unlimited power over the lives of citizens. The individual mandate represents the largest and most onerous of many mandates included in the Democrats’ health care law that will undermine the rights of individuals to seek and attain the level of care they, their doctors, and their families believe best serves their needs. The individual mandate should be thrown out along with the rest of the law so as to create a clean slate from which to enact patient-centered reforms. House Republicans have fought to rollback this law and all its mandates, and we will not cease in our efforts. The health care package is financially unsustainable and a direct threat to choices and access to quality care.”