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Politicians React to Healthcare Ruling

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AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the federal health care reform bill:

 "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 health care, bad for freedom. Americans have made clear their overwhelming opposition to its convoluted, burdensome and overreaching mandates.

 "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."

WASHINGTON, DCRepresentative Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) issued the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will uphold the constitutionality of the individual mandate in President Obama's health care law. You can read the decision here.

 "I am extremely disappointed with the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the individual mandate under Obamacare. This is a dramatic shift toward more taxation, more government regulations, and fewer liberties for West Texans. 

 "The government can now determine not only how much of your hard-earned income you are allowed to keep, but also how you spend it.  I am certain that our Founding Fathers did not envision such an intrusive role for government when they created our country 236 years ago.   

"Today's ruling means that Obamacare is constitutional, but it does not mean that it is good policy for our country.  That is why I will remain a vocal opponent of this legislation.  I have voted for every repeal that has come to the House Floor and I will lead the charge until this ill-conceived law no longer burdens small businesses and American families.  I expect another vote in the House soon after the 4th of July.  

 "I will continue working for a truly effective solution to our health care issues—one that keeps individuals in charge of healthcare decisions instead of the government, and one that actually makes health care accessible and affordable for Americans ."

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott release the following statement regarding the ruling today from the Supreme Court on President Obama's federal health care reform law:

"This is an historic victory for individual liberty, states' rights, and limited government. Today the Supreme Court made crystal clear that the federal government is more restrained than yesterday and yet, through a novel application of the facts, the Court did what Congress was afraid to do--called ObamaCare a tax on all Americans. This is particularly ironic since President Obama, himself, insisted this was not a tax.

"The decision marks a turning point in constitutional history. The Supreme Court rebuked a runaway federal government that tried to hijack the Constitution by imposing an unprecedented requirement forcing Americans to buy a product against their will. In doing so, the Court dismantled the centerpiece of ObamaCare—the federal government's authority to compel Americans to purchase a product.

"The Court also agreed that States are individual sovereigns that cannot be commandeered by the federal government. In this instance, by forcing States to expand Medicaid, the federal government tried to hold States hostage.

"Our challenge to ObamaCare was never about healthcare or insurance – it was about the rule of law and a fight against a federal government that continues to expand. In this respect, today's decision was a total victory. As the federal government seeks to impose the remainder of ObamaCare, it must do so within the limits prescribed by the Constitution.

"Although the individual mandate was ruled unconstitutional, the remainder of ObamaCare may be on life support—and we will continue our work to pull the plug on this unworkable and unpopular law. It is time for Congress to step in and end the ObamaCare nightmare by repealing an unprecedented tax on all Americans."

AUSTIN - U.S. Senate candidate David Dewhurst released the following statement this morning after the Supreme Court's ruling on Obamacare:

"Today's decision by the Supreme Court to uphold Obamacare as constitutional is reason number one why we need a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate to repeal this monstrous law. 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. Whether the individual mandate is characterized by the court as a mandate, or a tax, it is most certainly a disaster for America.

 "The Nancy Pelosi Congress and President Obama lied to the American people, denying that this disastrous mandate was a tax. Washington, D.C. insiders have been misleading Americans far too long, and it's time to clean house. Obamacare has been a disaster since it was passed - increasing America's tax burden to cover the out of control costs. Obamacare has further weakened our economy, and as the next U.S. Senator from Texas, I will lead the charge in repealing this atrocity. It's time to send outsiders to Washington who are not beholden to Washington special interests to stand up to President Obama and his Administration, and ensure similar disastrous legislation never sees the light of day." 

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