Friday, November 24, 2017
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What they're saying about the health care ruling

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"Whatever the politics, today's decision was a victory for people all over this country whose lives are more secure because of this law and the Supreme Court's decision to uphold it. ... The highest court in the land has now spoken. We will continue to implement this law."

President Barack Obama

"As you might imagine I disagree with the Supreme Court decision and I agree with the dissent. Obamacare was bad policy yesterday, it's bad policy today. ... If we want to replace Obamacare, we have to replace Obama."

Mitt Romney, Republican presidential nominee

"Today's decision by the Supreme Court of the United States is simply disappointing. The tax question was repeatedly refuted by members of Congress who helped pass this health care takeover. The justices have declared that the central provision of Obamacare is a judicially mandated tax. A new tax pure and simple. This is just another burden the federal government has put on American families and small businesses.

"With the national economy struggling to recover, now is not the time to implement a massive social program that injects nothing but uncertainty and doubt into our economic system. By doing so, they have put up yet another major roadblock to efforts to get people back to work and forced the government into the important relationship between patients and their doctors.

"I stand with Justice Kennedy that the entire act should have been held invalid."

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

"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. And while the court has said that the law is constitutional, 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 that will insure more people and cost a lot less money."

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

"All of us who are disappointed with the ultimate outcome today cannot lose sight of what we accomplished. We fought for the principle that the Constitution limits Congress's power to direct the lives of our people, and on that point, we won."

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi

"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."

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

"Unconstitutional or not, the so-called 'Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act' is the wrong policy for reforming health care and the wrong direction for America. Individual liberties and the doctor-patient relationship took a step back today."

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam

"Obamacare is a bad prescription for job creation and economic growth, and today's ruling will have a long-lasting effect on the spirit of America's entrepreneurs — true job creators. The looming cloud of uncertainty and fear of enormous and costly employer obligations will now be realized under (the) ruling and will cost many Floridians their employer-based health insurance, undermine job creation and raise health care costs for all."

Mark Wilson, president and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce

"I remain concerned about the potential for increased health insurance premiums and continued disruption to the stability of the marketplace for many Floridians. Nevertheless, we will work with the Florida Legislature and Gov. Scott to implement the Supreme Court's decision and develop an implementation strategy that minimizes market disruption and allows Florida's health insurers and HMOs to continue to provide coverage in our state."

Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty

"Obama lied to the American people. Again. He said it wasn't a tax. Obama lies; freedom dies."

Sarah Palin, former vice presidential nominee, former governor of Alaska, on Twitter

"The Affordable Care Act has been upheld by the Supreme Court. It is my hope that politicians like Rick Scott and Pam Bondi will now finally get to work on moving Florida forward. Enough with the partisan crusades."

Florida Rep. Rick Kriseman, D-St. Petersburg, on Facebook

"This bill was sold to the American people on a deception. But it's not just that the promises about this law weren't kept. It's that it's made the problems it was meant to solve even worse."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

"We are pleased that the Supreme Court found the majority of the Affordable Care Act constitutional. We look forward to the continued implementation of this critically important legislation so that millions of Americans can continue to receive the benefits it provides. AARP will continue to be a source of information and support as Americans navigate the benefits of the law."

A. Barry Rand, AARP CEO

"Women with ovarian cancer benefit from a number of provisions in this law, including the elimination of lifetime and annual limits on benefits, the guarantee that insurance companies will issue coverage and prohibitions on denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions. These provisions will help ensure that women diagnosed with or at risk of developing ovarian cancer have access to the health care services they need."

Cara Tenenbaum, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

"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.''

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio

"Gov. (Rick) Scott has no more excuses to stand in the doorway, send our tax dollars to other states and side with the insurance industry. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land and must be immediately and fully implemented in our state for the well-being of all Floridians."

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa

"With this momentous decision, the Supreme Court has ensured that when we are patients, we can focus on our healing and recovery, instead of worrying about whether we can obtain or afford the quality care we all deserve."

American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown

"The president's legislation infringes on individual liberty in an unprecedented manner by mandating that individuals purchase health insurance they don't want. The legislation contains expensive and intrusive federal government mandates on the private sector that will introduce an environment of instability and uncertainty that promises to kill jobs and send insurance costs through the roof."

Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon

"This is a turning point in American history."

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

"As a breast cancer survivor and one of 129 million Americans with a pre-existing condition, I am overjoyed that the Supreme Court upheld the right of every American to have access to quality, affordable health care insurance."

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston

"In passing health reform, President Obama and a Democratic Congress made history for our country and progress for the American people. Because of the ACA, affordable health care is now a right for all, not a privilege for the few. Today, the Supreme Court affirmed our progress and protected that right, securing a future of health and economic security for working people and their families, students and seniors."

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami

"While I acknowledge the Supreme Court's decision, I believe it provides a devastating blow to future economic growth at a time when every new job is needed. "

U.S. Rep. Dan Webster, R-Winter Garden

"Congress must work in a bipartisan manner to repeal and replace the health care law with common-sense reforms that lower the cost of health insurance and ensure that the American people can go to the doctor of their choice."

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota

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