(June 28, 2012, NASHVILLE) – House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) made the following statement following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 decision:
“I am disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision today. As states struggle to make ends meet, this law passes down an unfunded mandate of immense proportions. Fortunately, here in Tennessee, we anticipated this possibility and set aside additional funding to mitigate the initial impact.
“The decision does, however, strengthen my resolve to keep an out of control federal government at bay so that individual freedoms are protected. Individuals—not bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.—are best equipped to make their own decisions when it comes to health care. Electing Mitt Romney will be a positive first step in seeing this law repealed.
“The Medicaid portion raises many questions regarding the impact on Tennessee, and we will carefully analyze that part of the decision. Over the coming months we will carefully study how this law impacts our state and what needs to be done.”