Washington, DC– Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling today on the health care law:

“I am disappointed in today’s Supreme Court decision. The court decided the health care law was constitutional. It did not decide it was good policy. The court decided this law was constitutional because they determined it was a tax, even though the President argued it was not a tax. This law is not just a tax. It is a massive tax -- one of the most massive taxes in American history.

“The court’s decision now puts the responsibility of eliminating this massive tax increase back in the hands of the Congress.  In the words of Justice Anthony Kennedy spoken in 2003, ‘It is a grave mistake to retain a policy just because the court finds it constitutional.’ I couldn’t agree more.

“The Congress must now repeal the health care law and start over with health care reform that puts patient care back in the hands of health care professionals - not in the halls of Washington - keeping solutions that are most important to people such as guaranteeing coverage for pre-existing conditions, allowing children to stay on their parent’s insurance until age 26, and eliminating lifetime dollar limits on insurance coverage. 

“Congress should take the time to get this policy right. These are decisions that will impact generations of Americans.”