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LA Lawmakers React To Supreme Court Healthcare Ruling

Protestors for and against healthcare mandate outside the Supreme Court, Mark Wilson, Getty Images

Louisiana officials weighed in Thursday on the Supreme Court ruling on President Barack Obama’s health care law.  A look at some of the comments:

Governor 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. 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 it’s 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. Representative 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 it’s 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. Representative 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. Representative 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. Representative 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.”

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