Battle lines drawn on health care law
Reactions poured in quickly from political figures and interest groups over the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday 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 law’s importance as a campaign issue. Within minutes after the decision was issued, Republican Rep. Connie Mack IV of Florida, 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” website.
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 political action committee 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 health care 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.”