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June 28-- Wright McLeod, Republican candidate for Georgia’s 12th Congressional District, today released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”).

“The Supreme Court’s decision to preserve The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) – better known as Obamacare – is a devastating one, and will ultimately hurt the people of America. The $500 billion that Obamacare raided from Medicare is now gone.

“The cost for this legislation has more than doubled since its passage in 2009.  In stark contrast to Obama’s promised $2500-per-year reduction in premiums, Americans have seen an average increase of $2,200 per year.  This is just one of the gaping flaws in the President’s health care ‘reform’.

“Obamacare requires that all Americans purchase approved insurance plans.  Beginning in 2014, American citizens who refuse to comply will be fined.  Among the millions of Americans without government-approved insurance today are those who are ‘under-insured’ – those who have opted to buy only inexpensive, catastrophic coverage. These citizens will be kicked off their current plans and forced to purchase higher-premium coverage. 

“Obamacare did not cure the problems it was created to address.  Instead of the lower costs and increased access to care that Americans were promised when the President sold Obamacare, we are spending close to $2 trillion on a ‘reform’ that has increased out-of-pocket costs. 

“We need market-based solutions that give patients more choice.  Big Government is not and will not be the answer to rising health care costs.  In Congress, I will work relentlessly to fully repeal 100% of this misguided legislation.  I will work to implement health care reforms that are efficient and affordable – the changes Americans have wanted from the start.”