FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2012
JON GOLNIK, CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS IN THE 3rd CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, COMMENTS ON THE SUPREME COURT RULING CONCERNING THE TSONGAS-BACKED HEALTH CARE BILL
COURT SAYS INDIVIDUAL MANDATE CAN STAND BECAUSE IT’S A TAX!
Westford, MA-The United States Supreme Court handed down its ruling regarding the 2010 Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The Court has determined that the individual mandate is Constitutional. However, the Court determined that it is Constitutional not under the Commerce Clause, but under the taxing authority of Congress.
“Let’s first remember that the job of the Court is to decide what is a constitutional law, not what is a good or sound one,” said Jon Golnik, candidate for Representative in the Third Congressional District of Massachusetts. “While I am disappointed in the outcome of the ruling, I am glad the Supreme Court affirmed what we all knew and have been saying-this health care law is a tax on every American. This Administration and the supporting democrats told us repeatedly it was not a tax. Niki Tsongas and her colleagues repeatedly have said we shouldn’t increase taxes on the middle class. We now know that she indeed voted to hike taxes on the middle class and everyone else in this country.”
The High Court also determined that states cannot be forced to participate in the expanded Medicaid portion of the law and cannot have current funding eliminated by opting out.
“I am glad the ruling included a protection of state’s rights. States will now have to determine what level of participation they will employ and we will all have to wait and see what effect that has on implementation of the Affordable Care Act.”
Jon Golnik has released several concepts to improve the health care and health insurance situation in America. “Now it is even more vital that we make sure we elect people into office that will work to repeal this terrible and massive tax. Let’s start there and then implement measures that will actually lower health care costs with the market driven reforms.
“I support allowing individuals to buy insurance across state lines. This will drive down insurance costs as companies compete for our business, while maintaining the quality of our healthcare. We need real tort reform that is estimated to save $85 billion over 10 years, but the real savings will be gained when doctors do not have to practice defensive medicine. We need to allow individuals to receive similar tax treatment that small businesses receive when they deduct their healthcare costs. We need to let small companies pool together, so they can take advantage of the volume discounts that are available to large companies. These are common sense solutions that focus directly on lowering our health care costs through competition.”
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just last month projected that the implementation costs of the Affordable Care Act would almost double from original estimates to $1.7 trillion. “There is simply nothing remotely ‘affordable’ about this legislation. It is terrible on its merits, as so many companies and economists have indicated, and this law is a job-killer. The unemployment crisis still exists as we approach the 40th month in a row with unemployment at 8% or higher. The unemployment crisis has only served to increase the ranks of those who cannot afford healthcare.”
Some things to review:
DEMOCRATS’ POLITICALLY TOXIC INDIVIDUAL MANDATE: IN NYT POLL 67% SUPPORTED OVERTURNING AT LEAST THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE IF NOT ALL OF OBAMACARE: (“Results of The New York Times/CBS News Poll,” The New York Times, 3/21-25/2012)
BROKEN: FAMILY HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS ROSE 9% IN 2011, WITH OBAMACARE PLAYING A ROLE: (Julie Appleby, “Cost of Employer Insurance Plans Surge in 2011,” Kaiser Health News, 9/27/2011)
EMPLOYEES’ SHARE OF PREMIUM COSTS HAS ALREADY INCREASED 9.3% FROM 2011 TO 2012, $235 PER PERSON: “Employees’ share of premium costs increased 9.3% between 2011 and 2012, with the dollar burden rising from $2,529 to $2,764.” (“Performance in an Era of Uncertainty,” Towers Watson/National Business Group on Health Employer Survey on Purchasing Value in Healthcare, March 2012)
BY A MARGIN OF 8 TO 1, EMPLOYERS EXPECT OBAMACARE TO INCREASE COSTS: “By a margin of 8 to 1, those who believe Health Care Reform will trigger a cost increase outnumber those who believe Health Care Reform will create savings. Yet the survey responses re?ect that few employers have started to reframe employee expectations relative to Health Care Reform.” (“The Health Care Reform Survey: 2011-2012,” Willis, March 2012)
BROKEN PROMISE: OBAMACARE WOULD REDUCE THE DEFICIT: PELOSI: ” ‘The bill is fiscally sound, will not add one dime to the deficit,’ Pelosi proclaimed.” (Chris Good, “Pelosi: Health Care Bill Reduces Deficit, Spends More Than Senate Bill,” The Atlantic, 10/29/2009)
MORE PELOSI: OBAMACARE WILL “CREATE 4 MILLION JOBS IN THE LIFE OF THE BILL AND DOING ALL OF THAT BY SAVING THE TAXPAYER $1.3 TRILLION DOLLARS.” (Speeches, Office of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, 3/22/2010)
OBAMACARE INCREASES TAXES BY $525 BILLION:(“CBO’s Analysis of the Major Health Care Legislation Enacted in March 2010,” Congressional Budget Office, 3/30/2011)
CARDIAC DEFIBRILLATORS, ARTIFICIAL JOINTS, AND MRI SCANNERS ALL FACE NEW TAXES: “The 2.3% levy applies to the sale of everything from cardiac defibrillators to artificial joints to MRI scanners. The device tax is supposed to raise $28.5 billion from 2013 to 2022, and it is especially harmful because it applies to gross sales, not profits.” (Editorial, “Improvised Explosive Device Tax,” The Wall Street Journal, 5/28/2012)
AT LAST COUNT, OBAMACARE REGULATIONS AT 5,931 PAGES: (David Hogberg, “ObamaCare’s 5,931 Pages of Regulations,” Investor’s Business Daily, 3/23/2012)
For more information on Jon Golnik, check out his website at www.jongolnik.com.