After the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in NFIB v. Sebelius, and once I’d picked my jaw up off the floor, I immediately fired off an e-mail to my Congressman, Todd Akin, to implore him to push for repeal of the beast. Below is his response:
I have aggressively fought against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which represents tax hikes of over $569 billion and cuts $523.5 billion from seniors’ Medicare benefits, since the Democrats passed it last Congress. I am appalled at the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the individual mandate. A majority of Americans still view this unpopular piece of legislation as an erosion of America’s freedom, health-care system and economy.
The previous Democrat controlled Congress forced this disastrous piece of legislation into law despite broad opposition, and I have fought against the adoption of ACA since its inception. Obamacare adds another $371 billion to our nation deficit and represents the dangerous trend of socialist engineering embodied in the individual mandate. Today’s ruling does not end the need for continued opposition to this offensive overreach into the most private aspect of Americans’ lives. With this decision, I, my conservative colleagues and a substantial majority of Americans will redouble our campaign to defund and repeal all of Obamacare.
Ensuring that all Americans have access to high-quality, affordable health care has been one of my top legislative priorities. I believe that by empowering and informing consumers to manage their medical care, we can achieve a superior system. I firmly believe that patients should be in charge of their own medical information, and a holistic, prevention oriented approach that rewards responsible decisions can reduce the long term cost of care while providing patients with superior service.
I am well aware of the growing costs that are threatening the existing system and our ability to care for low-income and underserved populations. There is no dispute that health care spending is growing at an unsustainable rate. I will continue to work for reforms like allowing individuals and small businesses to purchase health insurance as a group to lower costs and improve access to coverage, enacting real medical tort reform, and increasing competition in the insurance market by allowing people to purchase insurance across state lines. Ultimately, health care is about freedom: the freedom to make the best choices for yourself and your family without undue government interference.
I hope that you will not hesitate to contact me regarding any matter where I might be of assistance. You may visit http://akin.house.gov/ to find more information in issues, subscribe to my e-newsletter or send me an email.
Todd Akin Member of Congress