WASHINGTON, D.C.— House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement on tonight’s ruling by a federal judge striking down Obamacare as unconstitutional:

“When Democrats forced Obamacare down the throats of the American people on a purely partisan basis, they threatened that the law needed to be passed so that people could find out what was in it. Over the last eight years since it was signed into law, we have found out that the Democrats who passed it caused millions of families to lose the plans and doctors they liked, and imposed unaffordable premiums and deductibles that undermine the basic coverage that families enjoy. Not only does tonight’s ruling confirm that this broken law cannot hold up under court scrutiny, but it also affirms that the law does not actually protect people with preexisting conditions. While Democrats may have won the House by running a fear-mongering campaign, unfortunately their reckless legislating has not proven to be as effective for the American people who have to live under this failed system. House Republicans are now the only ones who have passed a sound bill that protects people with preexisting conditions, and we will continue fighting for lower premiums while ensuring families can make their own health care choices and, regardless of their health status, can obtain affordable coverage.”