Governor Jan Brewer
“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 health care system is not perfect. Costs are too high, and accessibility remains a hurdle for many Americans. But the answer to rising health care costs is not – and will never be – Big Government. We need real, responsible reform. We need the innovation of states like ours – states that have enacted leading health care models promoting private sector competition, consumer choice, quality coverage and controlling costs. True reform will spring from sovereign states that are free to provide the coverage that best meets the needs of their citizens at a price they can afford. I stand ready to work alongside Congress, state legislators and stakeholders alike in developing sound proposals that enhance choice and competition and bring stability and predictability to our health care marketplace.
“If nothing else, today’s decision officially sets the stakes for the November election. It is now up to the American people to save our country from the fiscal and regulatory nightmare known as ObamaCare. Come November, we must elect a President who understands the economy, represents free enterprise and respects the Constitution and individual liberty.
“If Arizonans are to have access to the health care they need from the provider they choose, ObamaCare must be fully repealed.”
Arizona Congressman David Schweikert
“When the Democrat controlled Congress passed ObamaCare over two years ago, it was the single most economically devastating government mandate our country has ever seen.
“Today, after the Supreme Court ruled ObamaCare’s individual mandate a tax, it still remains the most economically devastating government mandate our country has ever seen.
“If the Supreme Court will not repeal this job-killing, tax-hiking mandate, then I will fight until every ounce of ObamaCare is repealed and replaced.”
U.S. Senate Candidate Wil Cardon
“Constitutional or not, ObamaCare is dead wrong and absolutely must be repealed. The President’s massive expansion of government hurts small business, stifles economic growth and impinges on the freedom of every American.
“This is a pivotal moment. Under ObamaCare, millions of Americans stand to lose their employer-based health care. We need to move toward market-based health care reform – reform that lowers costs, improves the quality of care for patients and protects Americans’ freedom to choose for ourselves. Now, more than ever, we need Washington outsiders who understand that ObamaCare is adding an additional burden to business, a burden that makes it more difficult for the private sector to grow and create jobs.
“Wil Cardon opposes ObamaCare and won’t stop fighting until it is repealed.”
Congressional Candidate Kirk Adams,
“I am shocked that the court has upheld the president’s health care law. In 2010, the people of Arizona passed the Health Care Freedom Act in opposition to being forced, by the government, to buy a product that they either don’t want or can’t afford. This is the biggest tax increase in history. The people of Arizona and America do not support this bill.
I am the only candidate in this race that has fought Obamacare from day one. As Speaker of the Arizona House, I joined the lawsuit against the law. I fought Obamacare in Arizona, and you can be sure that as your representative in Washington its repeal will be my top priority!”
Congressional Candidate Travis Grantham
“I am extremely disappointed that the United States Supreme Court ruled to uphold the individual mandate as a tax today in The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”
“This disastrous bill is anything but affordable and will only act as a burden on the American people. Never before has there been such an immense effort on the part of any American President to implement such a crippling law on America’s economy. This is a 2,700 page bill that was not read by anyone who voted in favor of this monstrosity. There are ways to solve the problems within our health insurance laws but never should these solutions share the same foundation upon which Socialist policies are derived from.”
“ObamaCare continues to be an economic burden for not only the United States but for all working families. We must work together to replace those in Washington D.C. who refuse to repeal ObamaCare in its entirety. If elected to Congress, I will make the repeal of this tax and the full repeal of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act my top priority. We must repeal ObamaCare before the crushing aspects of this bill take effect.”
Florida Congressman Allen West
“The United States Supreme Court has ruled to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by extending the power of the United States Congress to tax Americans’ behavior. This is a sad day for Americans, as they will be taxed to pay for benefits they may not need or want as part of the insurance they are forced to buy. With this decision, Congress has been granted infinite taxation power, and there are no longer any limits on what the federal government can tax its citizens to do.
“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will hit the middle class especially hard, as hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost as businesses try to avoid the penalties and costs created by the healthcare law. The healthcare law will cost trillions of dollars, raise costs for employers and create huge incentives for them to drop health insurance.
Benjamin Franklin did indeed state, ‘In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.’ However, Dr. Franklin never envisioned the federal government would use its power of taxation to punish people for not purchasing health care. Today, individual sovereignty in America has been defeated.”
Congressman Trent Franks
“If forcing the purchase of government controlled healthcare down the throat of every American is now fully in keeping with United States Constitution, the Founding Fathers noble struggle to ensure that their children would walk in the sunlight of liberty has become a broken dream.
“My great consolation is that this decision has now been appealed to a higher court where, this November, the sovereign citizens of the United States of America will demonstrate to Mr. Obama that his arrogant declaration of supremacy over them, and over the cause of human freedom is profoundly premature.”
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
“This decision goes against the very principle that America has a federal government of limited powers; a principle that the Founding Fathers clearly wrote into the Constitution, the supreme law of the land.
“This is a dark day for American liberty.
“The Constitution was meant to restrict the power of government precisely for the purpose of protecting your liberty and mine from the overreaching hand of the federal government.
“This unprecedented decision says that Congress has the authority to force citizens to buy private goods or face fines, — a power it has never had in American history, and a power King George III and Parliament didn’t have over us when we were mere subjects of Great Britain.
“Since the federal government itself could never articulate to the court a constitutional limit to this power, Congress has gained an unlimited power to force citizens to buy anything.
“I am disappointed with the court’s ruling and with the unprecedented attack on American liberty the president and the previous Congress have created with this law.”