Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle held her first town hall meeting since the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act.
In a phone interview with NewsChannel 9 on Friday, Buerkle shared her disappointment with the ruling. On Monday, she broke down the specific groups of people she says will be most negatively affected by the health care overhaul.
- First, she says middle class Americans will be mostly affected because the decision calls for the largest tax increase in history.
- She also says all seniors should be considered because of the $500-billion cut to Medicare.
- And finally, religious groups, who Buerkle says are being attacked by a mandate by the Department of Health and Human Services, requiring employers to provide free contraceptives to employees.
“I think it’s probably one of the largest assaults on our religious freedom and our constitution in the history of the country. And I think every American should be concerned. It's not a Catholic issue, it's not a contraceptive issue, it’s a right to religious freedom - a first amendment, constitutional issue,” Buerkle said.
The new mandate goes into effect on August 1.
Repealing the health care overhaul is on Buerkle’s to do list, as well as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s, but the odds against lawmakers gutting the health care law championed by the President aren’t too high. The Kentucky Republican talked about the Affordable Care Act during a speech at a hospital on Monday, saying it’s hard to unravel something of this magnitude and as a result, the odds are on the side of the people who think it’s a good idea.