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Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012 2:42 pm | Updated: 10:04 am, Sun Mar 24, 2013.

U.S. Senator John McCain

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is disappointing. Obamacare is unpopular with the American people because it puts Washington in control of our health care choices and does nothing to address the real problems in our system – most importantly the rapidly rising and unsustainable costs. In fact, Obamacare does the opposite, driving up the cost of health care and, as a result, impedes the economic recovery this country so badly needs. Congress should immediately begin the process of repealing Obamacare and replace it with common sense reforms that ensure all Americans can get the care they need at a price they can afford.”

Gov. Jan Brewer

“Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court flies in the face of what most Americans know to be true: ObamaCare is an overreaching and unaffordable assault on states’ rights and individual liberty.

“For defenders of freedom and the free market, the decision to uphold ObamaCare is nothing short of disheartening. The ramifications are sure to be vast, including a new tax on middle class Americans and the erosion of individual liberty as Americans begin to see their health insurance choices dictated by an overbearing federal government.

“Everyone recognizes that the American health care system is not perfect. Costs are too high, and accessibility remains a hurdle for many Americans. But the answer to rising health care costs is not – and will never be – Big Government. We need real, responsible reform. We need the innovation of states like ours – states that have enacted leading health care models promoting private sector competition, consumer choice, quality coverage and controlling costs. True reform will spring from sovereign states that are free to provide the coverage that best meets the needs of their citizens at a price they can afford. I stand ready to work alongside Congress, state legislators and stakeholders alike in developing sound proposals that enhance choice and competition and bring stability and predictability to our health care marketplace.

“If nothing else, today’s decision officially sets the stakes for the November election. It is now up to the American people to save our country from the fiscal and regulatory nightmare known as ObamaCare. Come November, we must elect a President who understands the economy, represents free enterprise and respects the Constitution and individual liberty.

“If Arizonans are to have access to the health care they need from the provider they choose, ObamaCare must be fully repealed.”

Statement from Senate President Steve Pierce

“Today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court comes as both a tremendous disappointment and dangerous precedent for years to come. Forcing Americans to buy a private product or service of the government's choosing, under threat of financial penalty, opens the door for
unchecked federal power for future generations. There is simply no limiting principle after today's decision, and federal mandates that a citizen purchase a certain kind of car or consume healthier foods are no longer as far fetched as they once seemed.

The so-called Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, will have devastating effects on Arizona once it is fully implemented. The Medicare tax increase takes effect in 2013, as well as taxes on medical devices and other products, which will have a detrimental effect on job creation.
The centralized bureaucracies and endless new regulations and mandates will accelerate Arizona's already dangerous doctor shortage. As the Arizona Republic recently pointed out, our state needs 2,400 physicians just to come up to the national average. The Court's
limited reading of withholding Medicaid funds notwithstanding, the law would increase Medicaid enrollment in Arizona by 36% or more, while Arizona taxpayers will be forced to pay for 10% of these new enrollees by 2020, at a cost of over $850 million.

There is now only one remaining opportunity to overturn this terrible law - this November's elections. Any remaining doubt that this coming election is the most important in generations should now be settled.”

U.S. Rep. Ron Barber

U.S. Rep. Ron Barber today issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act:

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court carefully weighed in on Congress’s 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Although the court upheld major portions of the act, it is far from perfect.

The Affordable Care Act included several important reforms – banning insurance companies from rejecting coverage for sick people with pre-existing conditions, ending discrimination against women, removing the cap on medical expenses and closing the doughnut hole that cost seniors so much money for medication.

It also helps improve the solvency of Medicare's Trust fund and reduces costs for seniors’ preventive care.

In Congress, I will work to ensure the full implementation of those provisions of the law, and to address needs that remain unmet. We must reduce the skyrocketing cost of care, which is damaging our economy and making it unaffordable for many Americans and small businesses.

I will work toward the following:

· We must protect small businesses, individuals and families from increased premium costs

· We must focus on paying for prevention and outcome-based healthcare

· We must lower the price of prescription drugs

· We must ensure there are no cuts to Medicare

There is more work for Congress to do to ensure that Americans have access to affordable quality health care.

Ariz. Senate Candidate Richard Carmona

"I've worked within our health care system as a paramedic, nurse, trauma surgeon, hospital administrator, university professor and as the 17th Surgeon General of the United States. I've seen the inefficiencies and problems first hand, but I also subscribe to the belief that every American should have access to a basic set of health care benefits."

"Both Democrats and Republicans got it wrong.

The fact is, we don't have a health care system, we have a sick care system. More than 75 percent of the $2.8 trillion we now spend in health care costs annually go towards treating chronic diseases, much of which are preventable. We each need to be more responsible for our personal health choices -- that alone would cut health costs dramatically."



"The Affordable Care Act does contain laudable first steps that help address health disparities and the access inequities of the current system but it also has major flaws. Until we have leaders courageous enough to deal seriously and apolitically with a costly and ineffective business model, we won't make the reforms needed to cut costs, encourage prevention and adopt healthier lifestyles."



"The health and fiscal security of our nation is on the line, but neither side is willing to shed special interest politics to fix it. We need to drop the politics, solve the problems and move forward before the rising cost of inaction bankrupts our country."

Congressional District 1 Candidate Ann Kirkpatrick

"This ruling is a win for the hard-working families in our district -- along with millions of Americans -- who agree we should protect children with preexisting conditions, help seniors who face soaring prescription costs, and preserve tax cuts for small-business owners who want to provide employee health coverage. And it's a win for the 12 tribal communities across our district that urgently needed the permanent authorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.

“This law is not perfect -- it can be improved. But as we go forward and look for common ground, let’s hold to this core principle: People should have access to affordable health care."

Congressional District 1 candidate Jonathan Paton

"Today’s Supreme Court decision doesn’t change the fact that ObamaCare is a bad law that hurts Arizona seniors and families. ObamaCare raises taxes, cuts Medicare and assaults individual freedom. I am committed to repealing ObamaCare before it destroys more jobs and further harms our economy. Arizona cannot afford to send the same person back to Congress who joined Washington in passing ObamaCare."

Jo Holt, AZ State Senate Candidate, District 11

The Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is a victory for all Arizonans and all Americans. The individual provisions of Obamacare will continue to be implemented for the benefit of everyone. No one will be denied health coverage or charged a high premium due to a pre-existing condition. Young adults will be able to stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26. Millions of uninsured people, for whom all the rest of us pay, will now be covered. Premiums for middle income families will be kept affordable. I support Obamacare as a strong beginning for health care reform. It is now imperative that the Arizona legislature move forward, in the interest of our business environment, with its responsibility to establish the Arizona health care exchange. Engaging in partisan politics rather than consensus-building has become too expensive for Arizona businesses and families.

State Rep. Terri Proud

ObamaCare became personal for me when I read the 2,000 page death panel blueprint. Having the Federal Government determine my daughter's care is infuriating.

The Leftist forces in Congress have mandated that the Federal Government now controls us and our doctors and the Supreme Court has failed the American people. This is appalling. There's not much that the government does well and micromanaging our health care is not something we should welcome. When bureaucrats take over, patient care suffers. Other countries have learned this the hard way. It strains reason to see us traveling the same road.

Obamacare places penalties on young workers, small businesses and others who choose not to buy expensive health insurance.

We're harming millions of workers at a time when actual unemployment and underemployment is in double digits. The Congressional Budget Office says more than 800,000 people may lose their jobs.

It will cost the American people $500 billion and Medicare will suffer cuts as well. Untold millions of Americans will lose their current healthcare.

There will be an oversight board where the government decides what care should or shouldn't be delivered to patients - regardless of medical need.

To make things worse, there are over 733 favored companies exempt from this law. They've received waivers from a provision in Obamacare, according to CNSnews.com, January 24, 2011.

As reported by The Blaze on November 15, 2010, more than 50 unions have already received waivers, including the SEIU which spent $27 million supporting Barack Obama in the 2008 election.

This is a result not of political leadership but of voter apathy. Instead of electing based on experience or past records, people voted on the hype.

Let's not repeat that mistake. Below is a list for Southern Arizona candidates that will have a direct effect on this issue. I'm supporting them and I ask you to support them as well. Get involved. Donate to their efforts. Volunteer for their campaigns. You'll be glad you did.

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