Cornyn Delivers Floor Speech on Health Care Decision

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) delivered the following remarks Thursday on the Supreme Court's decision regarding President Obama's health care law:

"This morning's decision by the United States Supreme Court has clarified some things. It has made other things more muddled. What it has clarified is the importance of the upcoming election on November 6, 2012. The only way to stop the overreaching by the federal government, including the president's flawed health care bill, is to elect a new president and a Congress that will repeal and replace this fundamentally flawed law.

"Before the health care bill became law, the president repeatedly assured the American people that he would not raise taxes on the middle class. He declared emphatically that the individual mandate was 'absolutely not a tax increase.'

"But the Supreme Court of the United States has made absolutely clear that the only way Obamacare can be upheld as within the constitutional power of congress is for it to be considered a tax increase and a tax increase on every single American, regardless of income.

"The president also told us his health care law would reduce premiums by $2,500 for the average family. That was another broken promise. Last year the average American family with employer-sponsored insurance saw their premiums rise by $1,200.

"The case against this health care legislation is very simple. It relies on massive tax increases, job-killing regulations, and government coercion. It will place Washington bureaucrats between patients and their doctors, and it will cause millions of Americans to lose their current insurance coverage."

Senator Cornyn serves on the Finance, Judiciary, Armed Services and Budget Committees. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee's Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.