What Granite Staters Are Saying About the Supreme Court’s ObamaCare Decision
U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte:
“By imposing a coercive tax on the American people, the president’s health care law represents an unprecedented federal overreach into individuals’ personal lives. It fails to solve the fundamental problem with the nation’s health care delivery system – the skyrocketing cost of care. Business owners across New Hampshire have told me that burdensome taxes and mandates in the law are keeping them from growing and hiring. If we don’t repeal it, Americans can expect to see higher costs, less choice and fewer jobs. I will continue to fight to repeal this law and replace it with market-based reforms that reduce costs and expand consumer choice.”
1st District Congressman Frank Guinta:
“Although I am not pleased with the ruling, I respect the Supreme Court’s decision. I have spoken out about this law’s excesses ever since Congress passed it two years ago. One of the very first votes I cast in the House was to repeal it in its entirety.
“While questions about its constitutionality are now resolved, there are still problems with this law. For example, it will cut $580 billion from Medicare over the next 10 years. And its ability to effectively deliver genuine health care reform remains unanswered. I am ready to sit down with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle and health care community members to amend this law as needed. One of the first things I will do now is meet with health care professionals here in New Hampshire, as I frequently do, and get their input on the best way to proceed.”
2nd District Congressman Charlie Bass:
“The Supreme Court ruled today that the President’s health care law falls within the limits of our Constitution because the mandate is a new tax on the American people, but that does not mean that it is right for America.
“While the ruling addresses the constitutionality of the law, it still does not address the fact that this law was passed without bipartisan support and was rushed through without the input and support of the American people. As a result, we have been left with a law that, while constitutional, is bad public policy, and still lacks the backing of a majority of Americans. Individuals and families have only seen rising health care costs and government bureaucrats injected into personal decisions previously reserved for doctors, patients, and families. Seniors will see $575 billion cut from Medicare and the dismantling of the popular Medicare Advantage program. The small business owners I have met have only told me about the uncertainty surrounding the law’s mandates, how it is driving up costs, and making it harder for them to hire new workers.
“Even with this ruling, I believe we still must work to replace this law and truly address both cost and access to quality health care, and do it in a manner that allows for the input of the American people and takes into account ideas from both sides of the aisle. I will continue to support reforms that allow children to remain on their parents’ policies until 26 years of age, and that protect those with pre-existing conditions.
“Health care coverage has become too expensive for too many people, but I am confident that working together we can fix health care and come up with reforms that all Americans support.”
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling is truly a disappointment and represents an infringement on the freedoms and liberty of every citizen in New Hampshire, and throughout our country. The Court ruling opens the door for continued Federal intrusion into the lives of every American, further erodes the Tenth Amendment protections of the 50 states, and confirms what we already knew – that this law results in a massive tax hike on the middle class. Since I announced my candidacy for Governor, I have made clear that opposing Obamacare is a top priority, and that if elected, I will take all steps necessary to oppose its implementation. A mandatory one size fits all national approach to health care will not work, and certainly does nothing to address the ever increasing costs of health care, which is a pressing concern for New Hampshire families and businesses alike.
As Governor, I would join with like-minded governors across the country in continuing to fight by any means necessary Federal overreach into this important sector of our economy. I will work to strengthen recently enacted state laws designed to exempt New Hampshire residents from many of the law’s mandates. At the same time, I will use my experience in the health care field to bring together the state’s health care, business, and community leaders with the goal of enacting market based solutions that will preserve individual choice and control health care costs.”
“Although I’m disappointed that the Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate, I’m encouraged that they struck down the expansion of Medicaid that would have been the precursor to a single-payer plan and bankrupted the states. This reinforces the fact that we need to focus on controlling health care costs, and not on over-regulating the health insurance system. It also reaffirms Medicaid’s status as a state and federal partnership, and prevents a federal takeover of a system that is best managed by the state.
“It’s at the state level that the most innovative delivery of services for our most vulnerable citizens takes place. New Hampshire can most effectively and efficiently provide health care to its citizens. As Governor, I will work to protect the integrity of the Medicaid system and ensure that New Hampshire is providing a health care safety net for its neediest citizens.”
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen:
“This law is already helping thousands of people in New Hampshire and it’s going to help thousands more. When it’s fully implemented, it will mean a reformed system that addresses costs and improves security and stability in health care coverage. Congress should work together in a bipartisan way on health care.
Governor John Lynch:
“As a state, we have been preparing to implement the Affordable Care Act and will continue doing so in a way that best fits New Hampshire. The Act will help provide access to affordable health care to many more of our citizens, and help our small businesses with the high costs of health care. The Court’s decision allows those important provisions to go forward.
“Creating greater access to affordable health care is a goal we should all be working together to achieve, and that is what I will continue to do.”
“I’m pleased with this morning’s Supreme Court decision, as it means that all Americans will have access to health care. It will stop insurance companies from denying people with preexisting conditions from getting coverage. It ends insurance company practices of imposing lifetime limits on coverage. It closes the donut hole for seniors and it allows families to keep children under 26 on their parents’ health insurance.”
“Americans won today when the Supreme Court upheld the Health Care Law. Millions of our citizens will now be guaranteed access to health care. When I went to Congress, I promised to fight for health care for all Americans. I am overwhelmed with gratitude and satisfaction that my colleagues and I, working with President Obama, were able to finally accomplish what so many Republicans and Democrats tried to do for so long—make sure that all Americans had access to medical care.”
“The Supreme Court’s decision today affirms my faith that when we put partisan politics aside, we are able to act in the best interest of the American People,” Annie Kuster said. ”As a result of the ruling, millions of Americans who could not otherwise afford health coverage and who deal daily with this uncertainty, will not have to worry about whether they will be refused insurance because of pre-existing conditions. Young people, like my two sons, will be able to stay on their parent’s healthcare until age 26, and will not need to carry this burden as they work to launch their careers. We have a long way to go to control costs in our healthcare system and to improve healthcare delivery, but this ruling represents groundbreaking progress for millions of Americans.”