MIKULSKI STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT’S DECISION TO UPHOLD THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
From the office of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski:
U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today was joined by Senate Democrats in front of the United States Supreme Court to offer remarks following the Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Senator Mikulski issued the following statement on the health care reform decision:
“Good morning America! Good morning the world! If you wanted to know what democracy looks like, come to Constitution Avenue. This is what democracy looks like.
“The Congress voted on healthcare. The Supreme Court has ruled on healthcare. We now know that healthcare is legal, constitutional, undeniable and irreversible.
“Let’s hear it for Democracy!
“The system worked and it will work for the American people. We will now be able to go forward with making sure that 32 million people have universal access to health care insurance.
“We’ve broken the stranglehold of insurance companies where guys in pinstripes sitting in their board rooms decided who got healthcare. Now we know the people will get the healthcare they need, that their doctor says that they need, and they will be able to afford to get it.
“The crowds are cheering us on.
“For we women, it’s an enormous victory. Because today, what we’ve been able to affirm is that insurance companies will no longer be able to discriminate on the basis of gender. No longer will women pay 30% more for their health care than men of the same health care status.
“Number two, simply being a woman will no longer be a pre-existing condition. We cannot be denied health care because we are pregnant, because we’ve had a C-section or because we’ve been a victim of domestic violence.
“We affirmed our preventive health care where we’ll be able to get our mammograms at no additional cost and we’ll be able to get our maternity health care.
“And as we fought for the women, we also fought for the men too.
“It’s very noisy here. It’s very exciting here. But this is the voice of democracy – open, free to all.
“God bless you. God bless America. Thank God the Supreme Court followed the Constitution.”
Rep. Harris Responds to Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Obamacare
From the office of Congressman Andy Harris:
Today, the Supreme Court ruled that President Obama’s healthcare law is constitutional. In the 5 to 4 decision by the Court, the Court made a legal interpretation of the law’s constitutionality. The Court did not make a determination on whether the law was good policy. As a physician, Congressman Andy Harris will continue to work to repeal Obamacare and replace it with common-sense, step-by-step reforms that will protect Americans’ access to the care they need from the doctor they choose, at a lower cost.
Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. released the following statement on the Court’s ruling:
“While I am disappointed by the Court’s decision, I respect its authority to determine these matters. The Supreme Court’s decision determined the law’s constitutionality, not whether the law is good policy. Americans have already made up their mind on that issue. A majority favor repealing the law. As a policy, the President’s healthcare law is making things worse by driving up health costs, restricting access to physicians, and making it harder for small businesses to hire workers. The only way to change this is by repealing Obamacare in its entirety. Today’s decision does not change the overwhelming opposition of the American public to Obamacare.”
AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE JUST ANOTHER BIG TAX
From the office of Sen. Nancy Jacobs:
Time and time again we were told that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would not be a tax increase. However, today’s Supreme Court ruling told us what we already knew; the ACA is another massive tax bill being pushed on middle class Americans.
When Dutch Ruppersberger voted for this bill and openly supported it he was not only supporting massive tax increases but also more job killing regulations and mandates. Dutch Ruppersberger has solidified himself as another tax and spend congressman.
I do not support this tax increase and think it is insulting to the people of Maryland’s 2nd Congressional district that Congressman Ruppersberger is hailing this ruling as a victory. When taxes increase and jobs are lost, nobody wins.
One thing is clear; Every American deserves to receive high-quality care that is affordable, effective, and available. The ACA tax is not the solution.
It will be one of my priorities to repeal these tax increases on the middle class when elected to Congress and replace them with common sense reforms.
County Executive David R. Craig Statement on Supreme Court Decision Regarding Obamacare
From Harford County government:
Harford County Executive David R. Craig today issued the following statement regarding the decision upholding the constitutionality of the “Affordable Care Act” or so-called “Obamacare” law:
Just because a law is deemed to be constitutional does not mean it is good policy. It is noteworthy that the Supreme Court declared what we all know to be true – that Obamacare is a tax on all Americans, and particularly the middle class.
Harford Countians, like all Americans, are tired of ever-increasing taxes at the federal and state levels, ballooning deficits, and the burdening of our children and grandchildren with long-term obligations.
Obamacare represents another step in the unraveling of the personal freedoms that our Founding Fathers fought to preserve. While proponents hail this legislation as providing greater accessibility, the fact is that it provides more access to less – less personal choice, fewer resources, and lower quality care.
The passage of this legislation months ago and today’s court ruling pushes our great nation ever closer to the unsustainable economic policies and flawed healthcare systems of Europe which have contributed greatly to the ongoing economic crisis in that part of the world.
I urge our representatives in Congress to work to repeal and replace this bad law with one that ensures that all Americans can benefit from the finest healthcare system in the world.