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Top reactions to the health care ruling from Obama, Romney, and more

June 29, 2012 by Holly Munson


Following the Supreme Court's landmark ruling narrowly upholding the health care reform law, President Barack Obama and leaders from both sides of the issue inevitably weighed in. Here is a quick glance at the top reactions.

Barack Obama

President Obama stated: "Whatever the politics, today's decision was a victory for people all over this country whose lives will be more secure because of this law and the Supreme Court's decision to uphold it."

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Obama's staff also tweeted a picture stating "Obamacare UPHELD."

Mitt Romney

GOP candidate Mitt Romney tweeted: "If we want to get rid of Obamacare, we're going to have to replace @BarackObama."

In addition, Romney made a statement and used the ruling in an online appeal for donations:

"Today, the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare. But regardless of what the Court said about the constitutionality of the law, Obamacare is bad medicine, it is bad policy, and when Mitt Romney is president, the bad news of Obamacare will be over."

Harry Reid

In a statement for the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said:

"Passing the Affordable Care Act was the greatest single step in generations toward ensuring access to affordable, quality healthcare for every American--regardless of where they live or how much money they make."

John Boehner

Speaker of the House John Boehner stated:

“The president’s health care law is hurting our economy by driving up health costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire.  Today’s ruling underscores the urgency of repealing this harmful law in its entirety.”

Nancy Pelosi

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced:

“This decision is a victory for the American people.  With this ruling, Americans will benefit from critical patient protections, lower costs for the middle class, more coverage for families, and greater accountability for the insurance industry."

Eric Cantor

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said in a statement:

"The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold ObamaCare is a crushing blow to patients throughout the country."

Cantor committed to a House vote on July 11 to attempt once more a repeal of the health care reform law.

Rand Paul

In a statement, Senator Rand Paul said:

"Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be 'constitutional' does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional. While the court may have erroneously come to the conclusion that the law is allowable, it certainly does nothing to make this mandate or government takeover of our health care right."

Mitch McConnell

In a statement, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said:

"Today's decision makes one thing clear: Congress must act to repeal this misguided law. Obamacare has not only limited choices and increased health-care costs for American families, it has made it harder for American businesses to hire."

Patrick Gaspard

After hearing the news, DNC Committee Executive Director Patrick Gaspard tweeted: "it's constitutional. B******." Later, he updated: "I let my scotus excitement get the better of me. In all seriousness, this is an important moment in improving the lives of all Americans."


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