Winners and Losers on Obamacare’s Supreme Court Victory

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Republicans are denouncing the 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court and Democrats are celebrating a victory where many had grudgingly assumed defeat was inevitable.  Both party’s spin doctors are telling this tale in a way they believe will advance their separate agendas.  This was the most important Supreme Court case in 40 years and almost every American will be affected by the shock waves from this decision……whether they realize it or not.
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Alabama Healthcare Exchange, the Way Forward

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has left the large majority of the law in place. One of the centerpieces of the legislation is the Healthcare Exchange portion. Perhaps no one in Alabama is more knowledgable on the subject of the law surrounding these exchanges than Representative Greg Wren (R-Montgomery).

Now that the court has made the creation of these exchanges a necessity Wren fulminate against what he says has been Governor Robert Bentley’s unwillingness to work with state lawmakers to form a governing body for the exchange.
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Alabama officials consider impact of ruling on state

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After a flurry of news releases and news conferences Thursday, Alabama officials were left to figure out what the Supreme Court’s ruling on health care means for the state.

In particular, lawmakers will have to decide whether to embrace a Medicaid expansion that could extend insurance to hundreds of thousands of Alabamians currently without it, but that will require the state to spend hundreds of millions of dollars more on the program.
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Alabama schools chief tells state school board: His team can and will act if Birmingham board won’t

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Former Alabama state Superintendent Ed Richardson will have complete authority in managing the financial operations of the Birmingham school system, current state Superintendent Tommy Bice told the Alabama school board this morning.

In a special called meeting, Bice gave a quick presentation to board members on his intervention plan for the city school district, which was taken over by the state on financial grounds after a tumultuous Birmingham school board meeting Tuesday.
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One word in mind for majority: Repeal

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MONTGOMERY — It could take a while to sort out what Thursday’s Affordable Care Act decision will mean for Alabama’s citizens, government and businesses.

But reaction from the state’s GOP and business leaders was swift — and largely negative. Many called for its repeal.

Democrats and advocacy groups, however, applauded it.

Gov. Robert Bentley called the law “an overreach by the federal government that creates more regulation, bureaucracy and a dramatic increase in costs to taxpayers.”
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‘Respectfully Disagreeing’ With The Court, Roby Vows to Continue Fight Against Obama Health Care Law

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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (AL-02) made the following comments today after the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

“I respect the authority of the Supreme Court, but I disagree and am deeply disappointed with its decision today.

“The Court’s opinion is lengthy and complicated, and will require careful evaluation. However, we know that the Court today has affirmed the view that President Obama’s law represents a huge tax on the American people, and that it is through the federal government’s power to levy taxes that the Court upheld the law as constitutional.
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Mitt Romney: I Will Repeal Obamacare

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MITT ROMNEY: “What the Court did not do on its last day in session, I will do on my first day if elected President of the United States. And that is I will act to repeal Obamacare.

“Let’s make clear that we understand what the Court did and did not do. What the Court did today was say that Obamacare does not violate the Constitution. What they did not do was say that Obamacare is good law or that it’s good policy.
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McClendon Sees Ruling as Erosion of Freedom

By Bill Britt

Alabama Political Reporter

SPRINGVILLE—”If you think we live in a free country, today’s Supreme Court ruling should change your mind.” Strong words from the Chairman of the Alabama State House of Representative Health Committee Jim McClendon (R-Springville).

McClendon says “This is the greatest leap toward socialism since the Johnson administrations’ Great Society.”

Early today the SCOTUS ruled that The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional.
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More Republican Reaction to President Obama’s Victory in Supreme Court

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Supreme Court upheld most of President Obama’s landmark legislation, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  Politicians and elected officials have both rushed to release statements about what has been billed as the biggest Supreme Court decision in forty years.

Congressman Jo Bonner (R) from Mobile said, “While I am deeply disappointed over the Supreme Court’s failure to strike down the heart of Obamacare by allowing the individual mandate to stand as a giant new tax, I have always believed that the controversial law could only be stopped by Congress and a new president.  This is a sad day for individual freedom, but it is a big day for bigger government and higher taxes.”
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CONGRESSMAN BACHUS STATEMENT ON HEALTH CARE LAW RULING

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WASHINGTON – Congressman Spencer Bachus (AL-6) issued the following statement on today’s Supreme Court ruling on the President’s health care law.

“The ruling allows President Obama to impose massive new taxes to pay for his government takeover of health care.  It remains bad policy that is raising health care costs and making it harder for small businesses to provide health insurance and hire workers.  My position continues to be that the best public policy is to repeal and replace the President’s health care takeover with common sense reforms that will truly make health care more affordable and accessible.  Ultimately, is it the American people who will make the final decision and they will have the opportunity to do that.”

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