Republican Leaders React To Obamacare Ruling
Republican leaders in Mississippi released the following statements after this morning’s Supreme Court decision on Obamacare:
Gov. Phil Bryant: “Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Obamacare and its individual mandate is alarming. It is a stunning expansion of federal power and an assault on the liberty of American citizens. That is exactly why I personally filed a legal challenge to Obamacare in 2011 and why we joined the multi-state lawsuit on which the Supreme Court ruled today.
“Although I am continuing to review the ruling by the Supreme Court, I would resist any expansion of Medicaid that could result in significant tax increases or dramatic cuts to education, public safety and job creation.
“Many of us hoped Obamacare would fall today by a vote of the Supreme Court; instead, it will fall in November by a vote of the American people. I plan to work hard between now and November to elect Mitt Romney and a Republican Congress so we can repeal the damaging policies of this president.”
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves: “The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court today does not change the fact that Obamacare raises taxes on Americans and expands the bureaucracy of our health care system. Defeating Barack Obama in November is even more important to limit the intrusion of the federal government into our daily lives and fight for the full repeal of Obamacare.”
Speaker Philip Gunn:“The Supreme Court’s ruling is disappointing. This Act will be a budget-buster for our state and an additional burden on the taxpayers. Congress can still repeal this Act, making the November election of conservatives even more pressing.”
Sen. Roger Wicker: “The Supreme Court ruled on the constitutional arguments against the President’s health care law, but all the significant policy flaws remain. The Court’s decision points out that Obamacare is a major tax increase. The law also drives up health care costs for patients and taxpayers. It is an unworkable plan that we cannot afford. Congress now has an opportunity to show the American people that we are listening to them by voting to repeal it and replace it with market driven solutions that help lower costs.”
Sen. Thad Cochran: “The Supreme Court ruling does not repudiate all of the problems with this law. Despite the Supreme Court’s legal ruling allowing most aspects of the law to remain intact, that doesn’t mean the policies set forth in the law are best for the American people or our economy. I continue to favor repeal of this health care law. We should respect the fact that most Americans don’t want it.”
Rep. Gregg Harper: “While I have great respect for the Supreme Court, I am tremendously disappointed in this ruling. This decision expands the power of the federal government and leaves citizens with fewer freedoms. Only a full repeal of this overreaching law will allow Americans to receive the care that they need, from the doctors that they choose, at a cost that they can afford.”
Rep. Alan Nunnelee: “I am extremely disappointed by the decision. However, the Supreme Court has stated plainly what the President and his allies went to great lengths to deny: Obamacare is a tax. In fact, it is a massive tax hike on the American people. Obamacare was bad law yesterday and it’s still bad law today. We must continue to work for full repeal of Obamacare and for legislation that lowers costs by giving individuals control over their health care decisions. This ruling also highlights the critical importance of the election this fall. The Supreme Court has had its say in June; the people will have their say in November.”
Rep. Steven Palazzo: “Over the past two years, our nation has engaged in debate over the future of our country and the future of health care reform. Today, I am disappointed that the Supreme Court has ruled in disagreement with myself and the two-thirds of the American public who feel this law is unconstitutional.
“The Supreme Court may have ruled to uphold the law for now, but that does not change the fact that it is bad for small business, bad for families and bad for seniors. It puts an enormous burden of regulations and tax hikes on businesses, takes health choices out of the hands of individuals and doctors, and places more control in the hands of government bureaucrats. The very fact that twenty-six states brought suit — and that only a third of the public supports this legislation — tells me that we have good reason to keep working to repeal and replace this law. Not with another rushed, comprehensive, overreaching bill — but with step-by-step solutions that reduce the costs of health care.”
The court stated that the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate could be upheld as constitutional because it is considered a tax and Congress has taxing power. In the majority opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts stated that while “the Federal Government does not have the power to order people to buy health insurance… [it] does have the power to impose a tax on those without health insurance. Section 5000A [the individual mandate] is therefore constitutional, because it can reasonably be read as a tax.”
Sec. of State Delbert Hosemann: “Tomorrow morning, Mississippians will still have to pay for healthcare, healthcare will still be delivered locally, and our society will still be dedicated to ensuring the availability of quality healthcare. The difference now is the American taxpayer will bear the brunt of the cost. As the law now stands, over the next decade, the cost of healthcare will be prohibitive to the State of Mississippi.”
The official statement from the MSGOP can be read here.