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GOP reaction: It’s still wrong; Dem reaction: Sweet!
Posted Jun 28, 2012 by William March
Updated Jun 28, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Reactions are pouring in from political figures and interest groups over the Supreme Court’s surprising decision this morning to uphold most of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act.
Republicans mostly contend the act is wrong even if it’s been ruled constitutional; Democrats say it’s a step toward a better health care system.
It also figures to heighten the issue’s importance as a campaign issue. Within minutes after the decision was issued, Republican Rep. Connie Mack IV, who’s challenging Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson for re-election, scheduled a news conference call with reporters to bash Nelson for voting for the act, and the Republican National Committee launched a “People vs. Obamacare” web site.
Some samples of the reaction:
—Sen. Marco Rubio: “What’s important to remember is that what the Court rules on is whether something is constitutional or not, not whether it’s a good idea ... it remains a bad idea for our economy, and I hope that in the fall we will have a majority here that will not just repeal this law, but replace it with real solutions.”
—RNC Chairman Reince Priebus: “Today’s Supreme Court decision sets the stakes for the November election. Now, the only way to save the country from ObamaCare’s budget-busting government takeover of health care is to elect a new president.”
—Michael Needham of Heritage Action, the PAC of the Heritage Foundation: “America’s system of checks and balances ensures the Supreme Court’s misguided decision will not be the final word on President Obama’s government takeover of the healthcare system. Although the Court failed to provide a much-needed check on federal power, we have every bit of confidence the American people and their elected representatives will.
—Jessica González-Rojas, head of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health: “Latinas have historically faced a disproportionate number of barriers to basic health care, and we can now envision a future where those barriers begin to crumble. Everyone has a fundamental right to quality, affordable health care. Today’s Supreme Court decision is an important step toward making that right a reality.”
—Sarasota County Democratic Party Chair Rita Ferrandino: “In our current system, many are denied needed health care because of pre-existing conditions, insurance company technicalities, or because they just cannot afford to pay for it. ... This must change. ... But make no mistake, Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act and its goals will continue.”
—Tampa U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor: “The Supreme Court decision is a welcome relief to families and businesses across America, and especially to Floridians. Our fight to lower health care costs for middle-class families and families with health insurance remains on track.”
—Sen. Bill Nelson: “ A lot of us feel the health-care law wasn’t perfect. But it was needed. Our system was broken and we had to do something. Insurance companies were refusing to cover people or dropping those who got sick. So, we passed legislation to prevent insurers from running roughshod over people. And today, the Supreme Court upheld most of these reforms. Now, I think it’s time we finish the job of fixing our economy and creating more jobs. “