Here’s the press release from the Vance Patterson campaign:
Obamacare Mandate Ruled To Be A “Tax” By Supreme Court, Vance Patterson Responds With Strategy For Repeal In Congress
MORGANTON, NC– North Carolina 11th district Congressional candidate Vance Patterson responded to today’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on the 2010 health care bill commonly known as “Obamacare.” The decision, which upheld the law under the premise that it is actually a tax, rather than a coercion to purchase a product as the plaintiff suggested, surprised many who expected Chief Justice John Roberts to side with conservatives. The decision will likely return the health care bill to the center of the 2012 election cycle, with Democrats hailing the decision as a victory for their flagship legislation, and Republicans running on the hope of repeal through the legislative process.
“I commend the Supreme Court, at least, for confirming what most Americans know to be true. Obamacare is the largest tax increase ever levied against the middle class and business owners, and it is for that reason that Chief Justice Roberts sided with the Democrats in asserting that Congress does in fact have the authority to levy taxes,” said Patterson. “Now that the Supreme Court has confirmed that President Obama’s most significant piece of legislation is fact an economy-stifling, job-killing, record-setting tax increase, every American with even a bit of common sense should be doing everything he or she can to elect a House, Senate, and new President that will repeal this massive Obamacare tax before its most burdensome provisions go into effect. It is now more clear than ever why the most stifling parts of the bill are set to trigger in 2014, well after the 2012 elections.”
“With my election to the House in November, I will defend the jobs and lives of Western North Carolinians by working to support a full repeal of this law. While I do not disagree that Obamacare is a tax, I am in agreement with the four dissenting Supreme Court justices that Obamacare should have been struck down in its entirety, and remain optimistic that it will be struck down following November’s elections. Anything less spells the end of America’s world leading healthcare system, and likely the end of America’s position as the world’s superpower, economic or otherwise.”
Vance Patterson is a candidate for North Carolina’s 11th congressional district in the July 17th Republican primary runoff. Patterson is an entrepreneur in Morganton, NC, and has started 16 companies throughout his career, including two that have been named in “INC. 500 fastest growing companies in America.”