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Updated: Thursday, 28 Jun 2012, 4:49 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 28 Jun 2012, 4:46 PM EDT
President Barack Obama
"I know there will be a lot of discussion today about the politics of all this — about who won and who lost. That's how these things tend to be viewed here in Washington. But that discussion completely misses the point. Whatever the politics, today's decision was a victory for people all over this country whose lives will be more secure because of this law and the Supreme Court's decision to uphold it."
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney
"Let's make clear that we understand what the court did and did not do. What the court did today was say that Obamacare does not violate the Constitution. What they did not do was say that Obamacare is good law or that it's good policy. Obamacare was bad policy yesterday; it's bad policy today. Obamacare was bad law yesterday; it's bad law today."
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio
"The president's health care law is hurting our economy by driving up health costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire. Today's ruling underscores the urgency of repealing this harmful law in its entirety. What Americans want is a common-sense, step-by-step approach to health care reform that will protect Americans' access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at a lower cost. Republicans stand ready to work with a president who will listen to the people and will not repeat the mistakes that gave our country ObamaCare."
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
"I knew when (the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.) left us, he would go to heaven and help us pass this bill. ... Now he can rest in peace."
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
"It's a great moment to just think about what this will mean for the millions and millions of Americans who have already benefited from the Affordable Care Act and so many more who will continue to do so. There will be a lot of work to do to get it implemented and understand what the opinion says, but obviously, I was quite excited to hear the results."
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller
“I would encourage everyone to maintain civility and respect the United States Supreme Court whether you agree or disagree with the Court’s opinion, which is being studied to discern its impact on Indiana Medicaid and the rights of patients concerning their health conditions and procedures. My office’s legal advice will be provided to state agencies and federal and state policymakers so they may decide how best to address specific circumstances families face,
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
"There is a victory in this case. The Supreme Court did not expand the powers under the Commerce Clause. While I am disappointed in Justice Roberts' decision, he was the leader in restricting the Commerce Clause, an expansion of which would have been detrimental to our country. If that would have been upheld, it would mean there are no limits to what Congress could compel Americans to purchase.
"While we lost the battle over Obamacare, we did win the war on the true meaning of the Commerce Clause."
Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind. 3rd District)
“Like many Hoosiers, I respect the court but strongly disagree with this decision. I will work to completely repeal this harmful law. I think the law’s government control board, the Independent Payment Advisory Board, gives unelected bureaucrats far too much power. This is the largest tax hike in American history and will only harm families and small businesses during the weakest recovery since the Great Depression. My colleagues and I in the House will vote to repeal the entirety of the President’s regulatory nightmare and then offer patient-centered solutions in the full light of day. Our Founding Fathers created a system that allows the American people, acting through their representatives in Congress, to set this right.”
Planned Parenthood of Indiana President and CEO Betty Cockrum
“We are pleased with the Court’s decision today to uphold the Affordable Care Act. This decision means that hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers will have access to affordable, quality health care and that more Hoosiers will have access to health insurance.
"In addition, the law provides guaranteed direct access to OB/GYN providers without referrals, and an end to discriminatory practices against women, such as charging women higher premiums and denying coverage for “pre-existing conditions.”
"And equally as important, millions of women across the nation will soon have access to birth control without a co-pay. This is critical because contraception protects women’s health, saves them money, and preserves their personal freedom to decide when, or whether or not, they want to start their families."
Indiana Republican Party State Chairman Eric Holcom
"Constitutionality should not be mistaken for good public policy. Although the Supreme Court today ruled that ObamaCare is constitutional, that does not change the fact that it will drive up the cost of health care, add to our already exploding
debt and hurt job creation, including within our vibrant medical device manufacturing sector.
"Standing outside the Supreme Court in our Nation's Capitol today as the ruling was handed down I was reminded of the passion this legislation has ignited among an overwhelming and consistent majority of Hoosiers who have rejected ObamaCare from the very start.
"The stakes are too high. Our economy, our future, depends on us electing Mitt Romney this November."
House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis)
“This is certainly not the direction I had hoped the Supreme Court would take on this most critical issue. Most Americans, and an overwhelming majority of Hoosiers, do not support this overreaching, overwhelming federally mandated approach to the nation’s healthcare challenges."
U.S. Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind. 6th District)
“I am deeply disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold ObamaCare. This ruling erodes the freedom of every American, opening the door for the federal government to legislate, regulate, and mandate nearly every aspect of our daily lives under the guise of its taxing power. Today’s decision affirms a massive tax increase on Hoosiers and is wholly inconsistent with the principles of personal responsibility and limited government that are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Congress must act immediately to fully repeal ObamaCare and protect Hoosier families, small businesses and family farms from its tax increases and mandates.
Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.)
“The president’s health care law remains an unpopular, massive intrusion of the federal government into the individual lives of Americans. The Supreme Court’s decision today confirms that President Obama broke his promise to Americans that his law would not raise taxes on the middle class."
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels
“The immediate implications for Indiana are a huge increase in health insurance rates, especially for young people, and the need to decide whether to try to construct a so-called “exchange” or let the federal government do so.
The Court’s ruling that the federal government has the constitutional power to do what it has done must be respected. But many actions that are constitutional are still unwise. The now undisputed facts that this federal takeover of one-fifth of our economy will worsen deficits, increase the national debt, raise health care costs, and force Americans off insurance coverage they have chosen, still argues for repeal of a dangerously misguided law and its replacement by major reforms based on individual freedom and consumerism.”
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