Mississippi officials discuss Supreme Court healthcare ruling

Published: Jun. 28, 2012 at 7:42 PM CDT
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Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant:

"Today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold ObamaCare and its individual mandate is alarming. It is a stunning expansion of federal power and an assault on the liberty of American citizens.  That is exactly why I personally filed a legal challenge to ObamaCare in 2011 and why we joined the multi-state lawsuit on which the Supreme Court ruled today.
Although I am continuing to review the ruling by the Supreme Court, I would resist any expansion of Medicaid that could result in significant tax increases or dramatic cuts to education, public safety and job creation.
Many of us hoped ObamaCare would fall today by a vote of the Supreme Court; instead, it will fall in November by a vote of the American people.  I plan to work hard between now and November to elect Mitt Romney and a Republican Congress so we can repeal the damaging policies of this president."

U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R–Miss.):  

"While I have great respect for the Supreme Court, I am tremendously disappointed in this ruling. This decision expands the power of the federal government and leaves citizens with fewer freedoms. Only a full repeal of this overreaching law will allow Americans to receive the care that they need, from the doctors that they choose, at a cost that they can afford."

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court opinion on Obamacare:

"The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court today does not change the fact that Obamacare raises taxes on Americans and  expands the bureaucracy of our health care system," Lt. Gov. Reeves said. "Defeating Barack Obama in November is even more important to limit the intrusion of the federal government into our daily lives and fight for the full repeal of Obamacare."