Gary Johnson Comments on SCOTUS Healthcare Ruling

Gary Johnson is the Libertarian Party’s candidate for President.  He has posted this to his website: 


June 28 2012, Santa Fe, NM – Libertarian presidential nominee and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s health care ruling:

“It has been clear for a while that we need a new President and a new Congress. Now it appears we need a new Supreme Court.

“Whether the Court chooses to call the individual mandate a tax or anything else, allowing it to stand is a truly disturbing decision. The idea that government can require an individual to buy something simply because that individual exists and breathes in America is an incredible blow to the bedrock principles of freedom and liberty. It must be repealed, and Congress needs to get about doing so today.

“There is one thing we know about health care. Government cannot create a system that will reduce costs while increasing access. Only competition and the price transparency that competition will bring can accomplish the imperatives of affordability and availability. Whether it is the President’s plan or the Republican prescription drug benefit, the idea that anyone in Washington can somehow manage one of the most essential and substantial parts of both our quality of life and the economy is, and always has been, fundamentally wrong.

“We can never know how many Americans are out of work today because of the uncertainty the monstrous health care law has caused. The Court has done nothing to remove that burden.

“Nothing about today’s decision changes the basic reality that it is impossible to eliminate deficit spending and remove the smothering consequences of federal debt without dramatically reducing the costs of Medicare and Medicaid. And neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have given the slightest hint of willingness to do so.”

8 thoughts on “Gary Johnson Comments on SCOTUS Healthcare Ruling

  1. Be Rational

    Since the majority opinion on this ruling rests on the idea that the mandate is not a mandate but is in fact a tax allowed to be collected on Income under the 16th amendment, perhaps we can use this as an additional call to repeal the 16th amendment.

    Repeal obamacare.
    Repeal the income tax.
    Repeal the 16th Amendment.

    It’s about time.
    It’s about Liberty.

    Vote Libertarian.

  2. Brian Irving

    I could not have said it better myself. Kudos Gov. Johnson. I was in the middle or writing my statement for a press release, when I read the governor’s comments. So I sent them out along with my own

  3. George Phillies

    Perhaps it can be killed off on the grounds that as a tax on incomes, it is levied in a completely irrational way, namely the same person living in different states can be billed very different amounts for the same coverage.

    These grounds would not apply to universal single payer.

  4. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    Even if Obama hires thousands of new IRS agents, the agency has been overwhelmed for years, and admit they can’t keep up with all the people not paying their taxes in the last few years. I can’t see them keeping up with all the people who don’t pay for health insurance.

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