Republican U.S. Senator Roy Blunt is weighing in with reaction to the Supreme Court ruling on health care reform:
Blunt says Missourians have already made it clear how they feel about “Obamacare”:
Blunt says the decision doesn’t change the fact that ObamaCare will lead to higher health care premiums, increased federal spending, and greater uncertainty for small business owners.
Reaction from other public officials….
REP. VICKY HARTZLER, (R-4th District)
“The decision by the U.S. Supreme Courtallows for the full implementation of the 2010 law, despite its flawed design and questionable constitutional basis. The law still fails to address the issue of adequate funding, and will drive up health care costs, making it harder for small businesses to hire workers. But while the ruling is cause for dismay, supporters of the free market and individual liberty can take some comfort in the dissenting view that this law violates the U.S. Constitution. My House colleagues and I remain committed to repealing this troublesome law in its entirety.”
GOV. JAY NIXON (D)
“We’re just now beginning to review this ruling so that we can understand exactly what it means for Missouri. This ruling has significant complexities and implications for families, health care providers and insurers in our state. Here in Missouri, I’m committed to working collaboratively with citizens, businesses, medical providers and the legislature to move forward in a way that works best for families in our state.”
ATTORNEY GENERAL CHRIS KOSTER (D)
“Missouri’s brief before the Supreme Court argued a simple, but important, principle: the individual mandate was not constitutional under the Commerce Clause, but could conceivably be upheld, if the Court saw fit, under the taxing power. A majority of justices agreed with Missouri’s analysis that the Commerce Clause could not be used to force citizens to purchase health insurance, but found that the ACA was constitutional under Congress’ taxing power. The complexity of the decision raises a host of pressing issues for our state, including the need to establish our own health care exchange, and Missouri’s future options regarding Medicaid expansion. We will be carefully reviewing the Court’s decision in the coming days to determine the best way to protect Missourians, including the decision’s impact on Proposition C, passed in 2010 by more than 70 percent of the vote.”