The United States Supreme Court has upheld the 2010 federal health care law, though it has ruled Congress exceeded its authority in certain aspects of the law.
The court upheld the individual mandate, but said it is permissible under Congress’ taxing authority, not under the Commerce Clause as proposed in the law.
“Although I don’t agree with the Supreme Court in this instance, we must all respect that this is the law of the land,” Congressman Lee Terry said in a statement he released on You Tube. “I look forward to reading both the majority and minority opinions this evening to get a better understanding of its reasoning.”
Congressman Adrian Smith released the following statement:
“Although I am disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision today, I thank the Court for its consideration. “Our health care system is broken and only will improve when Congress passes patient-centered reforms to increase access to care by lowering costs. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, I look forward to continuing our efforts to find real health care solutions to benefit all Americans without tax increases and onerous government mandates.”
The two candidates for United States Senate have also reacted by releasing written statements.
Republican Deb Fischer:
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling means the responsibility of repealing ObamaCare has been placed solely on the shoulders of Congress.
“ObamaCare is an attempted government takeover of our healthcare system that is burdening American families and small businesses with crushing taxes and regulations.
“There is a clear contrast in the Nebraska U.S. Senate race.
“I support the full repeal of ObamaCare.
“Bob Kerrey opposes repeal and has been a longtime advocate of a universal single-payer system that would eliminate private insurance companies.”
“I disagree with Mr. Kerrey. More government and bureaucracy is not the solution, it is the problem. We can reduce health care costs in America by promoting more competition between insurance companies, enacting medical malpractice reform, updating information technology, and embracing preventive care.
“In the Senate, I will work across party lines to implement free market reforms that will lower health care costs and improve accessibility for the uninsured.
Democrat Bob Kerrey
“Now that the court spectacle is over its time for Republicans and Democrats to put partisan politics aside and get down to business to find true cost containment solutions before we bankrupt the country. I for one am confident I can work with Republicans to find common sense solutions that begin with establishing State based exchanges and supporting exciting initiatiives by providers to lower costs and improve quality.”