U.S. Supreme Court Upholds President's Health Care Reform Law; Reaction from Local Leaders

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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds President's Health Care Reform Law; Reaction from Local Leaders

June 28, 2012 Updated Jun 28, 2012 at 1:26 PM CDT

Washington, D.C. (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to uphold President Barack Obama's health care reform law.

In a five to four decision, Supreme Court Justices upheld the individual mandate, requiring that most Americans have health insurance.

The court rejected arguments that Congress went too far in requiring Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.

It's a victory for President Obama and his campaign, leading into November's Presidential election.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker issued the following statement concerning the Supreme Court's decision:

"I continue to oppose ObamaCare.

One of my first acts as Governor was to authorize Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to add Wisconsin to the federal lawsuit opposing ObamaCare.

Wisconsin will not take any action to implement ObamaCare. I am hopeful that political changes in Washington D.C. later this year ultimately end the implementation of this law at the federal level.

If there is no political remedy from Washington and the law moves forward, it would require the majority of people in Wisconsin to pay more money for less healthcare. Additionally, it would increase the size and cost of government, decrease the quality of healthcare and, in our state, reduce access for those truly in need of assistance.

The federal government should not tell individuals and families what to do with healthcare. The alternative is more transparency and a more active role by consumers, so we can truly control costs."

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton also issued this statement concerning the Supreme Court's decision:

“I am very pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision to fully uphold the Affordable Care Act. Today’s ruling will be met with relief by the Minnesotans whose lives have already been improved by this law. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, affirmed by the Supreme Court today:

• Minnesotans can no longer be denied coverage for preexisting conditions.
• Seniors pay less for prescription drugs
• Small businesses will have affordable insurance options for employees
• Young people can continue to be covered by their parents' health insurance until age 26.

“This ruling is also an affirmation of the reform efforts currently underway in Minnesota to improve the quality and lower the cost of health care. We have long been a national leader in healthcare reform –a reputation that will be enhanced as we work with private and public sector leaders to implement the Affordable Care Act in Minnesota.”

Wisconsin Representative Sean Duffy released this statement concerning the Supreme Court's decision:

“Today’s decision is a win for Big Government and a loss for Wisconsin families and job creators. This law is an aggressive and unwarranted intrusion of government into our lives. Obamacare fails to fulfill any of its original promises, heaping massive debt on America, imposing stiff penalties on small businesses which will kill jobs, and actually causing health care costs to rise. Furthermore, this law puts unelected government bureaucrats in charge of health care decisions rather than individuals and families.

“The Supreme Court confirmed the so-called individual “mandate” is nothing more than a massive tax on the American people and on job creators. Congress does have the power to tax – and in this case, Obamacare heaps taxes on everything from small businesses, to medical devices, to the average middle class American.

“We all agree that Health Care reform is necessary in this country, but I believe that we should work to replace Obamacare with a consumer-based approach that uses market reforms to make health care affordable again. That’s why I introduced legislation last year, H.R. 3682, that would be used as a starting point for discussions moving forward. My bill allows people to purchase health insurance across state lines, ends junk lawsuits, allows small businesses to pool together to offer health insurance, and empowers patients with meaningful data on cost and quality so they are better equipped to make good decisions about their health care. My plan also covers individuals with pre-existing medical conditions and keeps kids on their parents’ insurance after college.

“I would still support a full repeal of this job-killing law and would push for a replacement that takes bureaucrats out of our doctors’ offices and makes make healthcare more affordable for all.”

The Minnesota Citizens Federation – Northeast, based in Duluth, released the following statement today from its President, Vicki Sanville, in reaction to the US Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act:

“The Minnesota Citizens Federation – Northeast is glad that the Supreme Court chose to uphold the entire Affordable Care Act. Although far from perfect, it is a landmark attempt to start dealing with our nation’s out-of-control health care crisis. Now, the most important parts of the ACA will go ahead and unfold in 2014. At some point in the future, however, more will need to be done, to address the underlying cost issues, and the problem of keeping control in the hands of insurance and drug companies.

“ The ACA declares that universal coverage is a goal, but does not completely achieve it. It does not check the power of the insurance and drug industry, and reform their profit-maximizing behaviors. We believe that the ACA will need to eventually evolve into a fully universal, government-administered program, which would be a version of Medicare for All.”

Posted to the web by Krista Burns