GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Health care is a personal and polarizing subject, so it comes as no surprise that reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Obama's health care reform act are emotional and varied.
Moments after the decision was announced Golden Valley-based Courage Center released a statement lauding the position taken by the justices. It reads:
Courage Center is thrilled - and relieved - that the Supreme Court has upheld the requirement for all Americans to purchase health insurance as required by the Affordable Care Act.
"Individuals with disabilities and complex medical conditions will be assured of health coverage and will not face discriminatory coverage policies against those with pre-existing conditions as a result of this ruling," said Courage Center CEO Jan Malcolm.
The Minnesota Medical Association is also lauding the decision supporting the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).
"With the Supreme Court upholding the ACA, it will allow us to continue working on reducing costs and expanding health care coverage for all Minnesotans," said Lyle Swenson, M.D., MMA president. "Although not perfect, the ACA has already stimulated innovation in care delivery."
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has an entirely different take. The conservative republican, one of Washington's most vocal critics of what opponents call "Obama Care", is vowing to lead the effort to repeal the law.
"Under President Obama's signature legislation, health care costs continue to skyrocket, and up to 20 million Americans could lose their employer-based coverage," Bachmann said in a written release. "Innovations in life-saving medical technology, a significant industry in Minnesota is threatened. Meanwhile, a panel of unelected bureaucrats now has the unprecedented authority to come between elderly patients and their doctors. Obamacare is socialized medicine that threatens the quality of our health care and worse, the foundations of our republic."
Small business interests have also been vocal in their opposition to mandated health care, saying the costs take away their ability to be competitive.
"This day will go down in history as the day when Americans lost a part of their freedom - the freedom to choose what to buy with their own money." said Karen Harned, Executive Director of the National Federation of Independent Business small business legal center.
Below is a list of reactions from Minnesota lawmakers:
"The Supreme Court's decision is a devastating blow to the American people. If Washington can penalize private citizens for failing to buy government-approved health insurance, then there is no reasonable limit on federal power."
-Republican Rep. John Kline, who represents the 2nd Congressional District.
"It is now time for Republicans in Congress to end their vitriolic repeal campaign and work on effectively implementing this law to the benefit of the American people."
-Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum, who represents the 4th Congressional District.
"Obamacare represents the largest expansion of entitlement spending and a playground of left-wing social engineering in our country's history and must be stopped. Now, the only way to save the country from Obamacare's budget-busting government takeover of health care is to completely repeal it."
-Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, who represents the 6th Congressional District.
"The Supreme Court ruling means small business owners, doctors, patients and consumers will be forced into a government-run health care system that limits our freedom while driving up costs on all Americans. I don't have to tell you this is unacceptable and un-American."
-Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack, who represents the 8th Congressional District.
"Ultimately, the Court's decision will allow Obamacare to continue to limit Americans' freedoms, gouge taxpayers, and push our country towards insolvency. Make no mistake, President Obama's health care bill is one of the largest tax increases in U.S. history. Importantly, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has confirmed the widespread consensus that the law is far too flawed and must be repealed. Health care coverage has become too expensive for too many people in Minnesota and across the country. Under current law, health care costs are rising, access to care will be restricted and reduced, and jobs will be lost.
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