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."

achmed June 28, 2012 at 04:18 PM
The Supreme Court has just MURDERED the United States of America as we once knew it.
Willyone June 28, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Bill Nelson is a sell out, send him packing next election. My man Rick Scott telling it like it is, the truth hurts people.
T Rex June 28, 2012 at 06:46 PM
and you are voting for Connie Mack, a politician whose only claim to fame is a long arrest record afor fighting bars? Quality nominee by the Republicant Party.
T Rex June 28, 2012 at 06:48 PM
You are just upset now, but you'll have plenty of worthless GoPee Tea Baggers to vote for in November. That should cheer you up. Just try not to scrape your knockles when you walk, pushed down by all the hatred you caryy on your shoulders.
Jack Sprat June 28, 2012 at 08:16 PM
It sure is easy to spot the "something for nothing" crowd. They will be dancing in the streets tonight. Maybe they will arrange yet another homosexual pride parade and they can join in the revelry. We voted for him. We deserve what we get.
Susan Rollins Gehring June 28, 2012 at 10:08 PM
For all you hate mongers: Hate is like drinking posion and expecting the other person to die.
Zinfandel June 29, 2012 at 01:48 AM
I wonder, all you people who are opposed to the Affordable hHalth Care Act, if you would feel the same way if one of your loved ones was denied coverage with a serious condition and you faced certain bankruptcy. It is easy to feel smug about paying your own way but American is the most expensive and one of the least effect ive systems in the civilised world. over 30% of Insurance costs go on administration alone before any treatment ever begins.
Pat Garst June 29, 2012 at 09:52 AM
Sick and tired of OCA defenders. And, I've had loved ones that have gotten sick, had no coverage, and we went bankrupt! We are all Americans, and the OCA is unconstitutional, plain and simple. Also, it's not right for the Supreme Court to change the OCA and call this a tax. We need reform...real reform, and I'm one American that will not settle for this poorly constructed, unconsitutional ACT that changes the lives of all of us. Don't you guys realize that OCA is now the BIGGEST tax increase on any middle class the world has ever seen. Sorry, don't give me pity parties....give me repeal and real reform!!!
Jerry Kendall June 29, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Have you noticed that T Rex immediately went to the classic far left mode of "I know everything and what is good for you and if you do not agree with me then you are too dumb to know better and/or are an extremeist with irrational thinking". This is a perfect example of what is wrong with the far left and the Obama cronies. Let's get them out of office this fall.
Bob Watson June 29, 2012 at 07:20 PM
This ia about a 2,700 page document that unionizes nurses, steals our wealth, cripples our welfare system and glorifies Marxism, our presidents religion.
tom field June 29, 2012 at 07:52 PM
if your arguments are that the Affordable Care Act destroys our liberties and needs to be abolished, i guess you feel the same way about Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment Compensation Insurance and the plethora of other programs that protect us when we are aged, sick or out of work. let's get rid of them all in the name of a false sense of liberty. see how much you like living in the new dark ages. i can't wait to go back to the good old days of the 1930's
Rick Nooft June 29, 2012 at 09:43 PM
There was an attempt to provide you with real healthcare reform and the GOP and their supporters flat out refused. That reform included a single payer system. I am sorry that you had loved ones who got sick causing you to go bankrupt, but to find that acceptable and wish it on others is down right despicable. ACA prevents people from losing everything if they get sick. Sure, it may cost you a little bit but the alternative of losing everything is far worse. You need to let go of your anger and bitterness and help others not to have to go through what you went through. That would be a legacy you could be proud of taking to your grave.
Rick Nooft June 29, 2012 at 09:53 PM
You Sir hit the nail on the head. Most people using current government programs to support them later in life don't even realize these things are no different than the ACA. Your comment about the "false sense of liberty", the feeling that the government is trying to control our lives, is deep rooted throughout GOP supporters psyche and promoted by FOX news. Thanks for conveying that message so articulately. Keep spreading the message and the truth will eventually win out. Just have to keep telling it as often as they do their lies.
ManB June 30, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Achmed, You are exactly right. Hopefully we the people can change this direction into the European abyss.
ManB June 30, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Rick Nooft, it's not despicable its the "honerable" approach to life. My father taught me never to expect anyone else to pay my way in life. To avoid trouble in life, make good decisions, work hard, and treat everyone fairly. Be generous by teaching others how to earn a living and be good citizens - do not pay their way.
ManB June 30, 2012 at 04:28 AM
What you guys forget is that we were told to pay into these programs (weather we wanted to or not) that the country would protect us in our older years. The money we put into these programs would be saved for us and would increase as well. So, we had our contributions (another name for taxes) taken from every paycheck for 30 years. And, of course they lied to us, Congress used our money for welfare. food stamp. and other programs. Now the country is broke and you guys have the gall to ridicule conservatives . Don't you all realize that from experience we understand that the Government just doesn't know how to handle any social programs efficiently. Just look at the state of our welfare, food stamps, educational sysytem, etc. ALL FAILURES do you really want to give them an opportunity to screw up your health care as well.
Rick Nooft June 30, 2012 at 01:05 PM
The country is broke because of excessive spending on military and military contracts and because salaries and wages for most Americans have remained stagnant for the past 25 years while corporations have raked in record breaking profits, not because of spending on social programs and education. The affordable care act essentially gives everyone in this country the same options for healthcare as our elected officials now enjoy. That is a good thing and you can spin it anyway you want but providing healthcare to millions of Americans is the right thing to do. Cut military spending, invest in infrastructure to create jobs, and invest in education so that Americans can compete in the global market. Close taxloopholes for corporations and individuals who don't pay their faitr share of taxes. You can't have a great nation without these things.
Rick Nooft June 30, 2012 at 01:11 PM
ManB - There is nothing honorable about people losing everything if they get sick. People should work hard and pay their own way but they shouldn't have to lose everything if they get sick because some insurance company decides they would rather you die than try to help you regain your health. The republicans talk about death panels and yet they continue to insist that insurance companies should be allowed to deny you coverage if you have a pre-existing condition, in essence promoting death panels. This attitude by the right that everyone must go it alone and if for some reason you need help well too bad for you, just suck it up and die or lose everything is very selfish and unAmerican.
ManB June 30, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Rick Nooft, I went 3 years without insurance with a pre-existing condition and found that whenever I needed assistance that every doctor and hospital would work with me and my financial situation (sometimes you just have to ask) so that I would not be without healthcare. They provided me with six month check-ups and excellant care. I currently need to have bi-annual blood tests and NOW I finally have health insurance but it will only pay for one blood test (even with a doctor's request), and so now I had to change doctor's, pay a lot more per year for insurance, and get a lot less quality healthcare. I was better off before. So now I have to pay every month, I pay my co-pays, my prescriptions, and I still have to pay for my blood work and doctor's when my insurance won't pay. So you tell me - who wants me to die and who wants me to live. I'll take my chances with my doctor. I hate to say it, but it appears to me that all these entitlements and forced dependency is UNAMERICAN!
ManB June 30, 2012 at 03:27 PM
You can talk about military spending but wars only last so long. Entitlements last forever and only increase. It's also apparent that you have never worked or owned a cooporation or businness and have never RISKED your funds to provide jobs for other s. What most people don't realize is that businessmen start business not to become rich but to achieve something in life bigger than themselves - they should reap the benefits when it is successful but remember they lose much more often than they win. As to their fair share, the next time you get paid, why dont you donate 40% of you wages to the government to give to the poor. We have had a GREAT country for 236 years without these entitlements - with them will only denegrade country.
Rick Nooft June 30, 2012 at 05:14 PM
ManB - All that will change for you under the affordable health care act. Many of the provisions don't happen until 2014. You will pay less for insurance and you won't have to worry about all the freeloaders that can afford insurance but choose not to opting to go to the emergency room instead which jacks up your rates. Kind of like car insurance, the more people in the pool the less everyone pays. You don't wait to have an accident to buy car insurance do you? Under the ACA your relationship with your doctor will only get better. this, contrary to popular belief is not a government run health insurance program. Of course insurance companies are not happy because they can't refuse coverage but they should now be happy that everyonehas to have insurance. Under the affordable care act insurance will be more like what our congressional representatives receive. I know, that's the same insurance I have. There will be many different policies to choose from and you can choose the one that best suits your needs. I too have to have blood test every six months and those tests are at no charge to me, I get my prescriptions at a huge discount and my co-pays are minimal all at a cost of about $90 a month. A bargain in my opinion. The affordable healthcare act actually gives your doctor more control over your healthcare, not insurance companies.
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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