June 28, 2012(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) President Tom Schatz issued the following statement in response to the United States Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
“The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare based on the individual mandate’s classification as a tax is a distressing blow to taxpayers. The ruling undermines President Obama’s 2009 assertion that his health care law was ‘not a tax’ and makes it clear that he tried to deceive the American people in order to get the bill passed by Congress. Now, Obamacare represents the single largest tax increase on young people in the nation’s history. When
English: Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House Español: Barack Obama firmando la Ley de Protección al Paciente y Cuidado de Salud Asequible en la Casa Blanca (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
it takes full effect, the Internal Revenue Service will have immense new power and authority to persecute and prosecute a whole new group of taxpayers.
“Since its creation following the release of President Reagan’s Grace Commission report in 1984, CCAGW has advocated health care reform that would augment consumer choice and create a more competitive market. As a result, CCAGW has opposed Obamacare from the beginning. Bullying consumers into signing up for underfunded, anti-competitive health insurance is a recipe for disaster.
“The Democrats in Congress joined President Obama in this massive enlargement of the size and scope of the federal government against the will of the people. The Supreme Court ruling underscores the need for the country to have a House, Senate, and President who will agree to overturn the law and replace it with commonsense reform that will lower costs, allow patients to choose their own doctor, and protect access to essential care.
“If the law takes full effect, it will devastate small businesses and destroy any chance for a sustainable economic recovery. It will add trillions of dollars to the national debt and push the country toward bankruptcy even faster than current projections. Any individual who believes that this decision must be overturned must do everything possible to undo the damage that has been done, especially at the ballot box on November 6.”
The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) is the lobbying arm of Citizens Against Government Waste, the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.