More reactions from AZ pols to Obamacare decision

| June 29 2012

Kirk Adams Statement on SCOTUS Ruling on Obamacare Lawsuit

Kirk Adams, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Obama’s health care law:

“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!”

 

SPEAKER TOBIN EXPRESSES DISAPPOINTMENT IN SUPREME COURT RULING ON OBAMACARE

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX (June 28, 2012) – The Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, Andy Tobin (R-Dist. 1), reacts to the decision the U.S. Supreme Court announced this morning regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Reflecting on the high court’s decision to uphold the individual mandate based on Congress’ power to tax, Speaker Tobin said, “As former Chief Justice John Marshall once said, ‘the power to tax involves the power to destroy’. If that is the case, President Obama will go down as having led the most economically destructive administration in American History.”

Although the court decided to uphold the individual mandate, it did provide some potential relief to the states as seven Justices ruled the “Medicaid Expansion” provision to withhold existing Medicaid funds from non-compliant states as unconstitutional, characterizing the provision as “a gun to the head.” However, the court offered no relief to taxpayers or businesses.

In further response to the ruling, Speaker Tobin stated, “Arizona’s Republican leadership has led the legal battle to oppose Obamacare since it was first signed into law. The House Republican majority will continue to fight for the right to exercise Arizona’s authority over its own budget and healthcare policies. We will also support our congressional representatives in their efforts to repeal and replace the ACA.”

Rey Torres
Director of Communications
Arizona House of Representatives
(602) 926-3233 – Office
(602) 417-3043 – Fax

 

Statement from Sen. Nancy Barto on today’s Ruling by U.S. Supreme Court

“Stopping Obamacare is now up to the American people. The Court’s decision to uphold the mandate forcing Americans to purchase government-approved insurance based on its being a tax is disappointing to say the least, as it was sold to us expressly as NOT being a tax. In fact, this is the largest tax increase imposed on America in our nation’s history. And it’s only the beginning.

Now, the only way to save the country from ObamaCare’s budget-busting government takeover of health care is to elect a President and Congress who understand the answer to rising health care costs is not, and never will be, bigger government and more government control.

ObamaCare is hurting the economy and must be repealed. Even though it has been held constitutional, it is still bad law. Healthcare costs continue to increase exponentially – despite the web of new government rules and regulations. It makes it harder for small businesses to hire workers and expand. It limits Americans’ choice in healthcare and intrudes on the doctor-patient relationship and it creates trillions in new government spending we cannot afford, while slashing Medicare.

Only full repeal can end this damage and stop things from getting worse

America needs real health care reform, and that means repealing ObamaCare.

We should enact commonsense, step-by-step reforms based on the free market and not dictated by the government. We must protect Americans’ access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at a lower cost. This is possible and Americans know it.”

 

Mike Philipsen, Communications Advisor
Arizona State Senate Republican Caucus
Office (602) 926-3972 Cell (602) 904-2070
mphilipsen@azleg.gov

 

Statement from Senate President Steve Pierce

“Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court comes as both a tremendous disappointment and dangerous precedent for years to come. Forcing Americans to buy a private product or service of the government’s choosing, under threat of financial penalty, opens the door for unchecked federal power for future generations. There is simply no limiting principle after today’s decision, and federal mandates that a citizen purchase a certain kind of car or consume healthier foods are no longer as far fetched as they once seemed.

The so-called Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, will have devastating effects on Arizona once it is fully implemented. The Medicare tax increase takes effect in 2013, as well as taxes on medical devices and other products, which will have a detrimental effect on job creation.

The centralized bureaucracies and endless new regulations and mandates will accelerate Arizona’s already dangerous doctor shortage. As the Arizona Republic recently pointed out, our state needs 2,400 physicians just to come up to the national average. The Court’s limited reading of withholding Medicaid funds notwithstanding, the law would increase Medicaid enrollment in Arizona by 36% or more, while Arizona taxpayers will be forced to pay for 10% of these new enrollees by 2020, at a cost of over $850 million.

There is now only one remaining opportunity to overturn this terrible law – this November’s elections. Any remaining doubt that this coming election is the most important in generations should now be settled.”

 

Mike Philipsen, Communications Advisor
Arizona Senate Republican Caucus
Office: (602) 926-3972 Cell: (602) 904-2070
Email mphilipsen@azleg.gov

 

 

Statement from Sen. Sylvia Allen on U.S. Supreme Court ruling

“The U. S. Supreme Court has ruled that ObamaCare is constitutional. I wonder what Constitution the justices were using? No other issue has gotten more grassroots, citizen political involvement than ObamaCare. It gave birth to the Tea Party.

Since the secret backroom deal of this single-party legislation passed without anyone reading it, we have had time to become acquainted with the 2,000-page bill and are more afraid than ever of the consequences. It is very clear that for ObamaCare to work, we must have high taxes and heavy-handed enforcement.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently revised its earlier cost estimate, saying that ObamaCare will cost more than $2 trillion, double its original estimate. Where on earth do we get the money? From the people.

This country is already $16 trillion in debt, with this year’s budget $1.4 trillion out of balance. It will be a huge sacrifice at the expense of our children’s future.

The elderly will be penalized the most in delaying, rationing, and denying treatment. The doctors who serve them will find their payments slashed. What provider will want to take care of them if they can’t be paid a reasonable amount for services rendered?

President Obama’s sound bites today suggest that he apparently has not read the bill yet, judging by all the misinformation he spews. Your liberty and freedom in the area of healthcare is about to be taken from you. Good, sound, free-market principles and reforms that are needed to save our health care system have to be trashed and replaced with socialist European controls, not to mention that state sovereignty is out the door.

Today our Constitution hangs by a thread, and the only thing that will save us from one of the largest tax increases in history and the destruction of our liberty and freedom is “We the People.”

The Supreme Court is not the last word. We the People still have the power to change this. In November, we must elect Governor Romney and clean up Congress so that ObamaCare can be repealed.”

Mike Philipsen, Communications Advisor
Arizona Senate Republican Caucus
Office: (602) 926-3972 Cell: (602) 904-2070
Email mphilipsen@azleg.gov

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