U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care:
Official Statement of Tim Collins, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Chairman
The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce acknowledges today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act of 2010.
Although the Chamber has long advocated effective health care reform and has been a nationally recognized and award-winning leader in creating health care solutions, the Chamber was not in favor of this legislation as passed by Congress and signed by the President in 2010. The Chamber remains ultimately committed toward advocating for market-based changes and solutions that can reduce the number of uninsured and that are positive for our economy and jobs.
As the largest business federation on the South Plains, the Lubbock Chamber will continue to advocate on behalf of the over 2,100 businesses and their 80,000 employees, and work with lawmakers on reforms that actually increase access to health care and reduce costs.
We continue to believe that the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act as signed by the President in 2010 will increase taxes, penalize employers with mandates or egregious fees, cost our community jobs, and pile billions on the deficit -- all without significantly cutting the cost of health care plans. Reinforcing our prediction of increased taxes, the Court has, in fact, upheld the individual mandate by defining it as a tax.
We remain committed to advocating for reforms that are proven to have worked successfully in the marketplace such as a Texas law that enabled the Lubbock Chamber’s award-winning and nationally recognized Chamber Employer Health Plan.