ATLANTA — Here is some reaction from Georgia officials to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold ‘Obamacare’:
“While we recognize this is a huge setback for fiscal sanity and personal liberty, we are not giving up. Georgians and the American people deserve high-quality, sustainable health care. Congress must now work steadfastly on repealing this law and replacing it with reforms that help taxpayers instead of hurt them.”
— Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal
“Georgia maintains the right to appropriate state resources in the manner best suited for our citizens. We should ensure that no Georgia tax dollar is spent implementing this freedom destructing law.”
— Georgia Sen. Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock
“I disagree with this decision. Congress explicitly said this was not a tax. I call on Congress to act swiftly, repeal the law and replace it with real reform that respects the Constitution as written.”
— Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens
“This health care legislation was flawed from the beginning, which is why I voted against this law in committee and twice on the House floor. For the most part, the Supreme Court has ruled that the law doesn’t violate the Constitution, but that won’t fix the problems the law doesn’t solve, and it won’t fix the problems the law actually makes worse. We have to cut spending and cut health costs, but it starts with rejecting the false choice being offered by both parties, that it’s all or nothing.”
— U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga.
“Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court has set a dangerous precedent by allowing this administration to continue pursuing its unbridled effort to erode personal freedom and undo the principles upon which this country was founded. President Obama’s health care law trumps personal health care choices in exchange for a more powerful Washington. It will force American citizens to endure diminished quality of care, increased insurance costs, health care rationing and excessive taxation brought on by an overzealous Washington bureaucracy. We have no choice but to exercise every possible legislative option to repeal this disastrous law, and the American people should know that House Republicans will continue to advocate on their behalf to restore personal control over health care decisions.”
— U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga.