Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas


June 28, 2012
Press Release

Washington, DC– Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.  The Court ruled that the “individual mandate,” the requirement that citizens must buy health insurance, is not constitutional under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, but is constitutional as a tax.

“I am carefully reviewing this decision in its entirety, and I encourage all to do so as well.  The Court seems to have rightly ruled that the individual mandate is not constitutional under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.  The Court confirmed what Republicans have said from the beginning, that this is a tax. If I were the president, I would not be doing a victory dance for getting away with a massive tax hike on the American people. He, himself, said it was not a tax.  So he can’t have it both ways. 

"The Supreme Court has simply ruled on whether the individual mandate is constitutional; we, the People, can decide whether it is right and wise, and we can remove it.  The mandate is a tax and a penalty on the American people. I look forward to voting – once again – in the House of Representatives to repeal it, and ObamaCare in its entirety.  Then, step-by-step, we can replace it with thoughtful legislation, supported by the People, which will protect Americans’ access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at a lower cost."

The Supreme Court voted 5-4, with Chief Justice Roberts writing the majority opinion, which can be found here.


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