-Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican: "Today's decision is a blow to our freedoms. The Court should have protected our constitutional freedoms, but remember, it was the President that forced this law on us. The American people did not want or approve of Obamacare then, and they do not now. Americans oppose it because it will decrease the quality of health care in America, raise taxes, cut Medicare, and break the bank ... Republicans must drive hard toward repeal. This is no time to go weak in the knees."
-U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat: "The Supreme Court's ruling today confirms what many people of goodwill believed all along - that Congress' historic efforts to provide a more affordable and equitable system of health care for our nation is within its constitutional prerogatives ... Now that the Supreme Court has made this clear by its ruling, it is the obligation of the states to fully implement and expedite the Affordable Care Act."
-U.S. Sen. David Vitter, a Republican: "This is obviously an extremely disappointing ruling, particularly with (Chief Justice John) Roberts so amazingly rewriting the law in order to uphold it. But I am more committed than ever to repealing Obamacare outright. Obamacare may have been judged constitutional in this clumsy way, but I think it's also been proved a bad idea since its passage that's making things worse. It continues to increase the cost of health care services and puts the federal government between patients and doctors."
-U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Democrat: "This is undoubtedly a landmark case in the history of our nation ... I strongly supported President Obama's push for an overhaul of health insurance programs and applaud the Supreme Court on its decision to uphold the individual mandate which guarantees that the American people, all American people have health care coverage. I am proud that today's ruling supports that priority."
-U.S. Rep. John Fleming, a Republican: "This decision strikes at the heart of our liberty and raises taxes for a new government program that has an enormous price tag and represents one of the greatest government power grabs in our lifetime ... Congress and the American people will have the last word on this. I am more committed than ever to fighting for the full repeal of Obamacare."
U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, a Republican: "The public outcry of opposition apparently did not resonate with the congressional majority or the Supreme Court. In recent history, the Affordable Care Act has been the most divisive issue for both lawmakers and American citizens, and despite this decision to uphold the law, I expect the controversy will continue to grow as this monumental decision affects every single man, woman and child."
U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, a Republican: "I will say that this will not deter my efforts or those of House Republicans to replace the President's health care law with something which achieves the goal of providing access to quality health care at an affordable cost, but to replace it with something which does this through free market mechanisms and not through expanded government and higher taxes."
Boustany Statement on US Supreme Court Ruling
(WASHINGTON, DC) Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D. (R-South Louisiana) issued the following statement after reviewing the US Supreme Court decision on President Obama's healthcare proposal.
"The President's healthcare bill must be repealed and commonsense solutions put in place. As a doctor, I understand and have firsthand experience dealing with the problems citizens in South Louisiana face with rising healthcare costs, getting access to care, and developing and strengthening the doctor-patient relationship. The healthcare law is a drag and burden on America's economy and job creation. In South Louisiana, the healthcare burden is another impediment and hurdle for small businesses trying to overcome the obstacles the Obama Administration has forced on our oil and gas industry.
"In July the House will again consider legislation to repeal Obamacare and I will work to ensure it passes. Earlier this year, legislation I authored, the CLASS Act repeal which eliminates a flawed, Ponzi-scheme insurance program, passed the House and I am committed to repealing this flawed health care bill and replacing it with workable and real solutions.
"The Supreme Court has spoken and now it is up to the Congress and the American people in November to answer this decision."
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell Issues Statement on U.S.Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Federal Health Care Law
Washington, D.C.—Today Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell issued the following statement with regard to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold the federal health care law:
"The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold a law that forces millions of Americans to buy insurance under a new federal health care act is deeply disappointing. We fought this battle to protect the freedom of American citizens from the overreach of the federal government and argued to halt this takeover of health care.
"Our position has always been that Congress does not have the authority to force Americans to buy insurance and that the act is an unprecedented intrusion into individual freedoms."
Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare, Landry Responds
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jeff Landry (R, LA-03), who declined his Congressional healthcare benefits, issued the following statement on today's Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare):
"This is a tragic day for America as the Supreme Court ruled there is no limit to the federal government's overreach. Today's ruling moves America further down the path of socialism. It increases taxes on low and middle class Americans and keeps the anti-religious freedom HHS mandate intact.
Obamacare became law because longtime Washington politicians were not brave enough to offer common-sense solutions to make health care more accessible and affordable when they were in charge. If they had fixed the problem, there would have been no room for Obamacare in the first place.
Today's ruling highlights that we cannot and should not rely on the Supreme Court to clean up Congress's mess. We need people in Congress who have the strength and courage to put patients and families in charge, not the government or insurance companies. My job is to return Washington to the people and that includes putting We the People in charge of our own healthcare.
I will continue to work for Obamacare's full repeal and offer real solutions like purchasing insurance across state lines, allowing small businesses to pool their employees together, and rewarding people who make healthy lifestyle choices. And I call on all Americans who disagree with the Supreme Court's decision to become more engaged and involved; together, we can repeal and replace Obamacare and those who passed it."
For audio and video of Landry's reaction, go to http://youtu.be/Cw61L0kWwmE.