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Florida Politicians Respond to Health Care Ruling

Local and state politicians react to today's Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act.

Today the United States Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act and its individual mandate, 5-4.

Local and state officials were quick to offer a response to today's historic decision, using social media -- Facebook, Twitter -- and traditional media.

Gov. Rick Scott:

"The Justices have declared that the central provision of ObamaCare is a judicially mandated tax. A new tax pure and simple. This is just another burden the federal government has put on American families and small businesses, while the economy struggles to recover."

Sen. Marco Rubio:

"Now that we know #Obamacare is indeed a #jobkilling #Tax we should move to #RepealObamacare as soon as possible."

State Rep. Rick Kriseman:

"It is my hope that Rick Scott, Pam Bondi will now finally get to work on moving Florida forward. Enough with the partisan crusades."

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi told the Miami Herald:

"The court did say however, that they cannot do this under the commerce clause. You cannot force a person to purchase a product simply by being alive under the commerce clause.

"However, they found this is a tax, and that's contrary to everything our president has been saying. This is a tax on the American people, and that's how it was upheld. We haven't seen it yet; we heard it's approximately 200 pages; it hasn't been listed online yet. As it is, we'll have it printed and try to  digest it.  We heard they did limit the Medicaid expansion, but to what extent, we don't know yet."

Sen. Bill Nelson, according to Saint Petersblog:

"A lot of us feel the health-care law wasn’t perfect.  But it was needed.  Our system was broken and we had to do something.  Insurance companies were refusing to cover people or dropping those who got sick.  So, we passed legislation to prevent insurers from running roughshod over people.  And today, the Supreme Court upheld most of these reforms.  Now, I think it’s time we finish the job of fixing our economy and creating more jobs."

Rep. Connie Mack, running for U.S. Senate:

"Bill Nelson ALWAYS KNEW ObamaCare was a tax. He cast the deciding vote on the largest tax ever placed on the American people, and the people of Florida will hold him responsible in November!"

Pinellas County Democratic Party

"We are pleased with today’s Supreme Court decision, as it means that all Floridians will have access to health care. People with preexisting conditions can get coverage, there will be no lifetime caps, preventative care will continue to be covered, the donut hole will remain closed for seniors, and young adults can stay on their families’ health care plans."

Robert Thompson June 30, 2012 at 11:28 PM
OK. The more people covered by Health Insurance the CHEAPER it is for all of us to be insured....The Affordable Care Act is a no brainer.... No to mention we had sunk to dead last in the provision of health care to our citizens in the industrialized world...
Tonto July 01, 2012 at 03:10 AM
thats hillarious. the freeloaders don't pay anything now. this TAX will create double the freeloaders who still won't pay crap :)
Bob Watson July 01, 2012 at 03:52 PM
2,700 pages of crap, stop arguing for the law breaking hunk of Marxist crap until you read it!
ManB July 01, 2012 at 04:35 PM
You live in a dream world Robert. Don't you realize that the taxes will be cheaper than the insurance. And, the taxes certainly won't cover anyone's medical expenses. Why would anyone in their right mind pay $7-10,000 a year for insurnce until they really needed it! Tonto is right we'll be paying double or triple to cover these people. Plus, don't you read anything other than what the libs hand out - the US has the best health care in the world. Why do you think "heads of states" or people with money come here for their medical care rather than stay in their own country - because ours is the best! And that is because we have had a free enterprise system.
ManB July 01, 2012 at 04:35 PM
You've got that RIGHT!

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