First reactions to health care law decision


U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Tx : “While I am disappointed in the outcome, there will be plenty of time to debate the Court’s decision; now we must focus on electing Republicans in November who will end ObamaCare and put Americans back to work.”

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Tx: “The Supreme Court has declared the healthcare law constitutional, but that doesn’t make it good policy. In fact, the majority said it was not ruling on fairness or wisdom of healthcare policy, but instead on the power of Congress to levy taxes. The court’s ruling confirms the president’s healthcare law is nothing more than a massive tax on the American people.”

Gov. Rick Perry: “This ruling will be a stomach punch to the American economy. It is a shocking disappointment to freedom-loving Americans desperate to get our country back on track…Freedom was frontally attacked by passage of this monstrosity – and the Court utterly failed in its duty to uphold the Constitutional limits placed on Washington. Now that the Supreme Court has abandoned us, we citizens must take action at every level of government and demand real reform, done with respect for our Constitution and our liberty.”

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, candidate for U.S. Senate: “As I have said from the start of my campaign, my top priority on Day One in Washington will be to file legislation to repeal every word of Obamacare and throw the law in the trash can….Obamacare has been a disaster since it was passed – increasing America’s tax burden to cover the out of control costs…I will lead the charge in repealing this atrocity.”

House Speaker Joe Straus: “The battle to overturn the burdens this law places on American citizens by our elected leaders in Washington is not done. I will continue to urge the Texas Congressional delegation to dismantle this legislation and find real solutions to improve our health care system so Texans can have access to quality, affordable care. The Texas House will do its part during the next session by attempting to limit any negative impact the law might have on our state.”

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott: “You have to view this as a historic victory for individual liberty and states’ rights, as well as for limited government. Our legal challenge to Obamacare was never about either health care or insurance. Instead, it was about the rule of law and what we consider to be an unprecedented expansion of federal authority. In that regard it was a victory even though the ultimate outcome was not what we wanted.”

U.S. Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston: “The Affordable Care Act has already benefited millions of Americans and will continue to help those who are in greatest need of health insurance: children, young adults, people with pre-existing conditions, and people who are financially constrained. … It’s good to be able to move past the question of constitutionality and continue implementing the bill.”

State Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston: “I am extremely thankful that the U.S. Supreme Court did the right thing and upheld the Affordable Care Act. While not perfect, this law was passed overwhelmingly by both chambers of Congress after months of deliberation and was supported by virtually every major health organization in the nation. It is the greatest step toward universal access to affordable health care since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid, and it will help millions of uninsured Americans receive the care they need and deserve.”

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