MOUNT PLEASANT, IA – “I am disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision allowing most of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) to stand. This law has greatly expanded the reach of the federal government into the lives and health-care decisions of Iowans,” said Dr. Don Racheter, President of Public Interest Institute in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
Last year, Public Interest Institute released a FACT SHEET, “ObamaCare is Unconstitutional.” In it, we presented three areas in which President Obama’s health-care law was unconstitutional and the reasons it should be overturned.
First, we argued that the Commerce Clause did not grant the government the power to impose the “individual mandate” requiring everyone to purchase health insurance. The Supreme Court agreed with this argument, because a majority voted against upholding this provision and the law based on the Commerce Clause, thus confirming that the federal government does not have the power to regulate interstate commerce to require Americans to purchase products such as health insurance. Instead, a majority of the Supreme Court found that the fine for not purchasing health insurance is a “tax” and the government does have the Constitutional authority to impose a tax. “Fortunately, future Congresses and Presidents have the power to repeal a tax, something we will fight for under future Administrations,” said Racheter.
Second, we argued that ObamaCare was unconstitutional because it forces the states to expand Medicaid programs, expanding coverage to more Americans and requiring states to come up with additional funding to cover the future added costs. The Supreme Court agreed on this point, ruling that it is unconstitutional for ObamaCare to force states to expand Medicaid programs or risk losing all of their Medicaid funding from the federal government.
Third, we argued that ObamaCare was unconstitutional because it forces states to administer health-benefit exchanges. This mandate of ObamaCare stands. “We will continue the fight to move Iowa and our nation in the direction of free-market, patient-centered health-care reform,” said Racheter.
“I agree with Senator Harkin that the Affordable Care Act is only a ‘starter house,’” said Racheter. “We need to move forward to improve health-care legislation by including transparency, portability, tort reform to cut cost of defensive medicine, increasing the number of providers of all levels, stopping AMA from trying to prosecute Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners for unauthorized practice of medicine when they set up clinics in underserved areas in which no MD wants to establish an office, among other reforms.”