Gov: Court decision continues “regulatory nightmare of Obamacare”


June 28th, 2012

Omaha, NE – Nebraska officials offered split perspectives on the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to uphold President Obama’s healthcare overhaul Thursday.

Gov. Dave Heineman denounced the court’s decision upholding what he called the “regulatory nightmare of Obamacare.” In a statement issued Thursday afternoon, Heineman said it is “now more important than ever that Mitt Romney be elected President of the United States.”

Heineman added healthcare costs will continue to increase under the President’s healthcare law. “The focus should be on patient-centered health care that emphasizes prevention, wellness and quality outcomes.”

Here is a sampling of other responses from top Nebraska representatives:

Attorney General Jon Bruning:

“I’m disappointed with the Court’s decision to give the federal government unlimited authority over every American’s life. Clearly the Constitution doesn’t allow Congress to dictate every detail of our lives, but that’s where this decision leads us. The federal government now has the power to direct our actions and penalize us for non-compliance.”

U.S. Senator Mike Johanns:

“The Court today ruled the health care law is the law of the land, and that’s something we have to live with unless and until we repeal it, which I continue to fully support. Now we have a multi-trillion dollar bill which threatens the budgets of our federal and state governments as well as families nationwide. Even health care experts within the Administration project health insurance premiums will increase at more than double the rate under the law than they otherwise would have without it. A ruling that the law is constitutional doesn’t mean it is wise or that we have to keep it on the books, and I will continue to press for full repeal.”

U.S. Senator Ben Nelson:

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court preserves new health benefits that tens of thousands of children, young adults, seniors and families in Nebraska have already received under the Affordable Care Act,” said Senator Nelson. “Maybe this decisive action by the high court will mark a turning point in America, where people start working together because we need to fix our economy, create jobs and bring down the deficit.

“For the tea party types who waged a political campaign against the health reform law, the court’s decision that it is constitutional means they should stop discussing the issue and start offering their ideas and solutions,” Nelson added. “What the Supreme Court has done today is allow the nation to move forward, so let’s move forward together.”

Lee Terry, U.S. Representative:

John Ewing, Douglas County Treasurer and Democratic candidate for U.S. House

“With today’s 5-4 ruling in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court has closed the books on one of the most divisive arguments in recent political memory. The constitutionality of this law is no longer in question, but that does not mean that our work on this issue is done. We continue to see healthcare costs rising at unacceptable rates for middle class families and face continued uncertainty surrounding the implementation of this law.

“No one denies that there are both positive aspects and room for improvement in the Affordable Care Act. It is more important than ever that we elect representatives who can work with their colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure that the health care law is reformed and implemented in the best way possible for citizens of Nebraska and the American people as a whole.

“Before the ink on Chief Justice Roberts’ majority opinion was even dry, Republican leadership had already scheduled a vote to repeal the entire bill. This is not progress nor is it bipartisanship…

“The time for partisan bickering and stagnation is over.”

Adrian Smith, U.S. Representative:

“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.”

Bob Kerrey, Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, former Nebraska governor and U.S. Senator

“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 initiatives by providers to lower costs and improve quality.”

Deb Fischer, state senator and Republican nominee for U.S. Senate:

“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 …

“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.”

*NET News contributed to this report.*

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