Texans are poised for war over the recent Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. "Obamacare." Texas Governor Rick Perry has already stated that his state will return to court to challenge its mandatory role in President Obama’s health care mandate and Attorney General Greg Abbott mirrored Perry's sentiment, saying that Texas isn't anywhere near ready to end the fight against what is now being passed as a "tax" on all Americans. Even Congressman Ron Paul weighed in with his views on what this means for the future of heath care.
Governor Perry released the following statement in response to the court's ruling:
This ruling will be a stomach punch to the American economy. It is a shocking disappointment to freedom-loving Americans desperate to get our country back on track. Obamacare is bad for the economy, bad for health care, bad for freedom. Americans have made clear their overwhelming opposition to its convoluted, burdensome and overreaching mandates.
KTRH News Radio reported that directly following the high court’s ruling, Texas Congressman Ron Paul appeared on the Michael Berry Show to discuss what could be in store for everyday Americans.
Paul reflected on the mandate (now a "tax"), saying he is not necessarily surprised by the decision. "It is a disaster really," he added. The presidential contender and medical doctor noted that America has been on the "wrong path" for 40 years and that there is, "unfortunately," a mentality prevalent in society that believes the government needs to provide.
Paul ceded that while "something good" might come out of it, that silver lining can not yet be seen. When asked what this means for everyday Americans moving forward, the Texas Congressman explained that when the bill goes into full effect, it will "push prices up" for health care across the board.
He asked how one can mandate that insurance companies cover "kids" until age 26 on their parents' health care plans? He also asked how an insurance company can disregard pre-existing conditions without passing that cost somehow, onto other insureds. "You'll get less than quality care. Businesses will suffer. It won't be good for the economy and the markets," he stated.
Paul also pointed out that Obamacare makes it "just about impossible" to opt out of the plan. In response to the "death panels," which have received much notoriety, Paul explained that the phrase, meant to "grab attention," simply means that care will be rationed. In reality "there is some truth to it," Paul said, "because with government medicine you always have rationing." He noted that bureaucrats, not doctors, patients or family members will be the ones who ultimately make the decisions on who will receive life-saving treatments and procedures once in a state of rationing.
You listen to Dr. Paul's interview below:
Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison also weighed in, releasing a statement on the court's ruling:
The Supreme Court has declared the health care law constitutional, but that doesn’t make it good policy. In fact, the majority said it was not ruling on fairness or wisdom of health care policy, but instead on the power of Congress to levy taxes. The court’s ruling confirms the president’s health care law is nothing more than a massive tax on the American people.
Providing additional perspective from the Lone Star State, the Houston’s Morning News spoke with State Representative John Zerwas and insurance company insider Kristin Oberlander, who said Americans will see a minimum of 10-15% increase in premiums. Oberlander said that the bill leans heavily on providing comprehensive care as opposed to lowering costs. She claims that those insured will receive better quality care, but will pay for it financially. Their interview can also be heard below: