Beacon issues statement on healthcare ruling

June 28, 2012 10:54AM

The Beacon Center of Tennessee, the state’s free market think tank and advocate for patient-centered healthcare reform, issued the following statement in light of the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act decision:

We are deeply disappointed that the Supreme Court chose to uphold President Obama’s healthcare law and drastically expand the federal government’s authority over our lives. The law is unaffordable and irresponsible, and places far too much control in the hands of unelected bureaucrats in Washington.

While it is incumbent upon Congress to repeal this law, we simply cannot wait on politicians in Washington to act. Instead, we look forward to working with our state leaders to advance people-centered solutions to fix our healthcare woes.

We are also committed to protecting taxpayers from the harmful impact of the president’s law. The state-led healthcare solutions promoted by Beacon will put control of important decisions back into the hands of patients and their doctors where they belong. Our solutions include giving individuals the same tax treatment for the purchase of health insurance as companies, providing for more portability in their plans; allowing Tennesseans to purchase health insurance from other states; and expanding access to clinics that serve the poor.

– Beacon Center CEO Justin Owen