Baker, Fla. – Senator Greg Evers today released the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court’s 5:4 decision to uphold the federal health care law.
“I am stunned and angry that politics prevailed over our Constitution in today's shocking Supreme Court decision upholding the federal health care law. In affirming the individual mandate, the Supreme Court has allowed the federal government to intrude upon what is perhaps our most fundamental freedom - our right to make personal choices on health care for our own bodies and our right to spend our money as we choose. The Court agreeing to the nationalization of health care by the federal government violates the sovereignty of the State of Florida to establish health care policies tailored to the unique needs and population of Floridians.
“ObamaCare's demand that Florida expand its Medicaid budget by billions of Florida tax dollars is a clear attempt to force Washington's irresponsible economic policies onto our state. While I commend the Court's removal of the extortion terms that would force a state out of Medicaid if the state refused to succumb to this Medicaid expansion, I am extremely disappointed that the Court was unwilling to expose and overturn the tax increase tied to the individual mandate.
“Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in his dissenting opinion on behalf of the Justices in disagreement with today's ruling: 'In our view, the entire Act before us is invalid in its entirety.' Justice Kennedy's words, in my mind, were also written on behalf of myself, my family and my constituents; on behalf of the sovereignty of the State of Florida; on behalf of our God-given inalienable rights; on behalf of the Constitution and on behalf of freedom itself.
“It is critical that we as citizens now speak for ourselves in voices clear, loud and strong in November and beyond. You have my commitment that I will work as hard as I can to right this terrible wrong and urge Congress to repeal ObamaCare and its threat on our fundamental freedom as individuals and economic freedom as a nation.”