U.S. Congressman Duncan Hunter (Rep.—Alpine) on Thursday responded to the to uphold the president’s health care law by saying it needs repealing.
“This ruling on the law’s constitutional validity doesn’t change the fact that it’s a bad law. Health care costs are still rising and now, assuming the law is not ultimately repealed by Congress, there will be new taxes and higher costs imposed on families and businesses," Hunter stated in a news release.
On its last day in its 2011-2012 session, the court held that the individual mandate could be upheld as a tax under a narrow interpretation of the Constitution.
Hunter, who represents East San Diego County, Poway and Rancho Bernardo, believes that's a stretch.
"Whether viewed as a tax or a penalty, the individual mandate is an overreach of government authority and it will continue to underscore one of the many reasons why this law needs to be repealed.
"This law, with its expansive programs and cost burden, is not the right solution to the country’s health care challenges," Hunter said.