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AL leaders react to SCOTUS healthcare ruling

President Barack Obama signs the 2010 Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010. (Source: Pete Souza/the White House) President Barack Obama signs the 2010 Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010. (Source: Pete Souza/the White House)

In a surprise move, the Supreme Court ruled Congress has the right to require Americans to buy health insurance by 2014, a key provision of the Obama Administration's healthcare reform law.

The decision is a re-election victory for President Barack Obama, who has framed the legislation as a key achievement of his presidency.

Governor Robert Bentley reaction to SCOTUS ruling:

"I am deeply disappointed by today's Supreme Court decision.  The health care law is an overreach by the federal government that creates more regulation, bureaucracy, and a dramatic increase in costs to taxpayers.  The ACA is the single worst piece of legislation to come out of Congress.  This law must be repealed.

People need more choices, not fewer choices.  Bigger government is not the answer.  Market-based solutions are the best solutions to giving the public the most affordable options."

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange:

"While I respect the Court's decision, I strongly disagree with its ruling today.  The individual mandate was sold to the American people as a penalty when it was proposed, but is now ruled constitutional as a tax, the very thing the Obama Administration and Congress insisted it was not.  Now it is up to a new congress and new president to repeal the act.

Make no mistake, the consequences of today's decision are dire.  The law forces the states, private employers and individuals to be used as instruments in carrying out the federal government's increasingly burdensome policies, including forcing religious based employers, even self-insured ones, to start providing coverage for sterilization and contraception in 2013, without regard to their  religious beliefs or conscientious objections.

I, along with other conservative state attorneys general, will continue to stand on the front lines of protecting liberty and pushing back against an ever-encroaching federal government."

Representative Robert Aderholt statement:

"Most Americans agree that the President's health care law is taking America down the wrong path and government mandated health care is not what they want. Health care decisions that are made at the federal level only make it more difficult for small businesses and families to afford quality coverage. Putting health care decisions in the hands of unelected Washington bureaucrats and using taxpayer dollars to provide for abortions is simply bad policy. My concern is the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the majority of the President's health care law is a devastating step toward socialized medicine for our nation."

"House Republicans will continue to work to repeal the President's flawed health care law, so that we enact common-sense, step-by-step reforms that protect Americans access to the care they need, from the doctors they choose, at a lower cost. I think you will see House Republicans act quickly once again to fully repeal the law and implement patient-centered reforms that ensure families and doctors make health care decisions."

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL)

"Today, by one vote, the United States Supreme Court expanded federal power beyond anything previously permissible. In effect, one Supreme Court justice's vote empowers the federal government to dictate that American citizens purchase any product or service offered by anyone, no matter the cost, no matter the burden.

America's Founding Fathers fought a rebellion for individual liberty. Today's Supreme Court decision is a heavy boot on the throat of that liberty. 

The Supreme Court's decision is an affront to America's Constitution, which was written to limit the federal government's power over American citizens so that Americans could enjoy their hard-fought liberty. America's Founding Fathers must be rolling over in their graves.

Fortunately, four Supreme Court justices understand the Constitution, considered the intent of our Founding Fathers who drafted the Constitution, and got it right. Unfortunately, five Supreme Court justices got it wrong and undermined a Constitution that has served America so well for so long.

In fairness to the Supreme Court, however, the Obamacare problem originated within a radical White House and Congress elected in 2008. 

Just as America is paying a severe economic and freedom price for its mistakes in the 2008 elections, American citizens can reverse their mistake by electing a President and Congress who understand and respect the Constitution."

Bill Armistead, Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party:

"Today's decision by the United States Supreme Court has essentially created the largest tax increase in American history. There is no need to refer to it as Obamacare from this point forward. It is now the Obama Health Care Tax. This tax will continue to make it harder for small businesses to hire more workers, during a time when Alabamians desperately need jobs. Without a change in leadership, Americans will continue to suffer under an over-reaching, out-of-touch federal government. Polls have consistently shown that this piece of legislation, that was jammed down our throats by Obama and Congressional Democrats, is wildly unpopular and should be repealed.

"We need a President in the White House who understands that market-based solutions that offer patients more choice, not less, is the answer to rising health care costs. Governor Romney has made it clear that the primary objective on his first day as President will be to fully repeal this tax and start over.  The stakes have never been higher for a  general election. It is now up to the American people to ensure the repeal of this tax by electing Mitt Romney as our next President on November 6th."

Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare:

"Today's Supreme Court ruling confirms that Obamacare is in fact one of the biggest tax increases in our nation's history. While the federal government increases bureaucracy and red tape that cripples small business, Alabama Republicans will continue fighting this intrusion by working to make state government more efficient and boost private-sector economic growth."

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)

"The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the constitutionality of this law does not negate the fact that it is terrible policy.  The Supreme Court may not have rejected ObamaCare, but two-thirds of Americans do because it reduces quality and increases costs.  Moreover, the Court stated in its ruling what the Obama administration would not admit in its sales pitch to the American people: ObamaCare's individual mandate creates yet another tax increase.  We must now redouble our efforts to repeal this job-killing tax hike and egregious government intrusion into private health care decisions.  In its place, we must enact market-based reforms that lower costs, improve quality of care, and restore the doctor-patient relationship."

Congressman Spencer Bacchus:

"The ruling allows President Obama to impose massive new taxes to pay for his government takeover of health care.  It remains bad policy that is raising health care costs and making it harder for small businesses to provide health insurance and hire workers.  My position continues to be that the best public policy is to repeal and replace the President's health care takeover with common sense reforms that will truly make health care more affordable and accessible.  Ultimately, is it the American people who will make the final decision and they will have the opportunity to do that."

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