Gabriela Saucedo Mercer Delivers Statement on Affordable Health Care Act Supreme Court Decision

– The Supreme Court has provided an opportunity for the people  of The United States to be included in the debate on the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA). Now that the Court has ruled the individual mandate, though unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause, can be upheld under the enumerated power of Congress to tax, it is time for Congress to perform as promised in 2010 for the complete repeal of ACA. With repeal, there will be an opportunity then for Americans to join the debate they were denied in 2009 on how to best reform our healthcare system which has been plagued by bureaucracy and fraud for decades.

President Obama is on record with the claim that the ACA was not a tax, but his lawyers defended the act as a tax during arguments. This historic decision has increased the scope and reach of the power of the Federal government to tax and regulate behavior. Small businesses and the middle class will suffer financially under the biggest permanent tax increase in our nation’s history. If the ACA continues to be implemented, it will only expedite the destruction of free market principles and freedom of health care choices for all Americans.

I am optimistic because the Court’s decision has by default given the decision back to Congress and We the People. We are blessed to live in a Constitutional Federal Republic and a government that is of the people, by the people and for the people. Through this next critical election, we can send a message to Washington by electing representatives to Congress who will bring the power back to the people and stop the encroachment of government.


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