By Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON – Wisconsin’s congressional delegation had plenty to say about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Here are portions of their statements:
U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison: “Today’s ruling by justices appointed by Presidents of both parties is an independent legal judgment. It is now time to come together and make this work.
“I disagree with those who want to rip up the decision of an independent court and start over.
I believe middle class families should have the peace of mind knowing they will have access to quality, affordable health care, regardless of any pre-existing condition.”
U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Weston: “Today’s decision is a win for Big Government and a loss for Wisconsin families and job creators. This law is an aggressive and unwarranted intrusion of government into our lives. Obamacare fails to fulfill any of its original promises, heaping massive debt on America, imposing stiff penalties on small businesses which will kill jobs, and actually causing health care costs to rise.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse: “We have a system of checks and balances in our government for good reason and the Supreme Court has agreed that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.
“The law isn’t perfect but it takes significant steps to get costs under control and provides important patient protections. We must find a way to continue working together to build on the important reforms made in the Affordable Care Act and continue implementing the law.”
U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee
“Today’s decision is a victory for all Americans. We can now be assured that Americans continue to receive the health care they urgently need and most definitely deserve.
“While my Republican colleagues will continue their crusade to dismantle this groundbreaking legislation, it is my sincere hope that we will continue to build upon this ruling so that we can continue to put in place measures that will decrease costs, ensure service and increase access to health care. But it will take the efforts of both Republicans and Democrats.
U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, R-Fond du Lac: Just because it may be considered constitutional does not mean it is the right thing to do.
“The law is a significant overreach on the part of Congress and takes a fundamentally wrong approach to achieving the goal of making affordable coverage available to all Americans. I am pleased, however, that the American people will have an opportunity to make their voice heard on this subject later this year.”
U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Sherwood:“Although the Supreme Court upheld the law’s constitutionality, it doesn’t mean that Congress should give up trying to improve our nation’s healthcare system.
“The Supreme Court’s decision was unfortunate, but it does not represent the end of this effort. We do not have a government of the court, by the court and for the court…we have a government of the people, by the people and for the people.”
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville: “It is bad news for individuals, whose personal health care decisions are threatened by greater government control. It is bad news for workers, whose paychecks and jobs are threatened by the hundreds of billions of dollars of new tax hikes and crippling uncertainty from the massive law. It is bad news for seniors, whose health security is threatened by the bureaucratic restrictions to access from the law’s changes to Medicare. It is bad news for future generations, whose prospects for greater opportunity are stifled by the trillions of dollars of new debt that will result from this law.
U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls: “I join the millions of Americans today who are disappointed with this decision. The individual mandate is a massive infringement on our freedom, and it’s bad policy. Today, the President and Congressional Democrats own a huge tax increase on the American public. If this bill would have been described as a tax three years ago, it would have gone down in flames in Congress.
“The health care law’s taxes and mandates are making it harder to create jobs. Its budgeting gimmicks will bankrupt our country.”
U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis. “I believe the Supreme Court made the right decision today. There is much more work to be done in controlling health care costs, but the Affordable Care Act brings us closer to providing health care to all Americans at a cost we can afford. Under the bill, nearly 60,000 Wisconsin seniors on Medicare have already saved almost $38 million in prescription drug costs, more than 43,000 of our state’s young adults have gained health insurance coverage, more than 400,000 women now have access to preventive cancer screenings and no one can be denied coverage for a preexisting condition. As we know, health care costs are a drag on our economy and the Affordable Care Act tackles some of the most rapidly growing health care expenses.”
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.: “Today’s Obamacare decision establishes that there is no area of Americans’ private lives that is off limits to federal intrusion and control. Freedom took a real body blow. It is now up to Congress – and hopefully a new President – to repeal this unpopular monstrosity and replace it with free market reforms that will actually improve the quality and restrain the cost of health care in America.”