Governors sound off on Obamacare ruling
ABJ - June 29 - From Arizona, to New Jersey, to Texas, the voice of many Republican Governors was heard regarding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold ‘Obamacare’ (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act).
Jan Brewer, Governor of Arizona, and regular Obama critic, said in a statement, “Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court flies in the face of what most Americans know to be true – Obamacare is an overreaching and unaffordable assault on states’ rights and individual liberty. For defenders of freedom and the free market, the decision to uphold Obamacare is nothing short of disheartening. The ramifications are sure to be vast, including a new tax on middle class Americans and the erosion of individual liberty as Americans begin to see their health insurance choices dictated by an overbearing federal government.
“Everyone recognizes that the American healthcare system is not perfect. Costs are too high, and accessibility remains a hurdle for many Americans. But the answer to rising healthcare costs is not – and will never be – big government. We need real, responsible reform.”
Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, and potential running mate to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said, “I’ve been clear from the very beginning that I do not believe a one-size-fits-all healthcare program works for the entire country and that each governor should have the ability to make decisions about what works best for their state. Today’s Supreme Court decision is disappointing and I still believe this is the wrong approach for the people of New Jersey who should be able to make their own judgments about healthcare. Most importantly, the Supreme Court is confirming what we knew all along about this law – it is a tax on middle class Americans.”
Texas Governor Rick Perry added, “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. Obamacare is bad for the economy, bad for healthcare, bad for freedom. Americans have made clear their overwhelming opposition to its convoluted, burdensome, and overreaching mandates.
“Freedom was frontally attacked by the 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.”