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"Today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court flies in the face of what most Americans know to be true: ObamaCare is an overreaching and unaffordable assault on states' rights and individual liberty.  

"For defenders of freedom and the free market, the decision to uphold ObamaCare is nothing short of disheartening. The ramifications are sure to be vast, including a new tax on middle class Americans and the erosion of individual liberty as Americans begin to see their health insurance choices dictated by an overbearing federal government.
"If nothing else, today's decision officially sets the stakes for the November election. It is now up to the American people to save our country from the fiscal and regulatory nightmare known as ObamaCare. Come November, we must elect a President who understands the economy, represents free enterprise and respects the Constitution and individual liberty.

"If Arizonans are to have access to the health care they need from the provider they choose, ObamaCare must be fully repealed."
- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

"Obamacare is unpopular with the American people because it puts Washington in control of our health care choices and does nothing to address the real problems in our system - most importantly the rapidly rising and unsustainable costs. In fact, Obamacare does the opposite, driving up the cost of health care and, as a result, impedes the economic recovery this country so badly needs. Congress should immediately begin the process of repealing Obamacare and replace it with common sense reforms that ensure all Americans can get the care they need at a price they can afford."
- U.S. Senator John McCain, R-AZ

"Today's decision is a turning point for the American people. Let's remember that millions of American families suffered without health care coverage for decades. The health care reform program has already benefited millions of families. The Court's decision to uphold reform proposed by President Obama and enacted by the Congress is a sign that dramatic change can happen when the American people demand change. We have made an important step forward toward our goal of affordable universal coverage. Now we need to be vigilant to implement the law so that American families have the health care they have needed for decades."
- Reps. Raul M. Grijalva, D-AZ, and Keith Ellison, D-MN, Co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus

"Due to recent decisions made by the Arizona Legislature and Governor, more than a million Arizonans, including many children, are without health insurance. This Supreme Court decision and the implementation of ACA will ensure that many of our fellow Arizonans have access to healthcare once again.

"This ruling also guarantees that seniors will pay less for drug costs, and many Americans with pre-existing conditions, including myself, can no longer be denied health insurance coverage."
- Sen. David Schapira, D-17, AZ Senate Democratic Leader

"With this ruling, the court recognized the opportunity we have as a nation to move forward and ensure that all Americans have the healthcare coverage they need and deserve. This decision will have a profound and positive impact on our country's health delivery system."
- U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, D-AZ

"It hardly matters to the American citizens that the requirement to buy government defined insurance cannot be justified under the Commerce Clause if it can be justified as a 'tax.'  Forcing people to buy something and penalizing those who do not with a 'tax' that leaves citizens in the same position as if the mandate were justified under the Commerce Clause."
- U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-AZ, Republican Whip

"The Supreme Court Ruling on ObamaCare does not matter. It will make little difference to America in the short run, and no difference in the long run.

"Why? Because almost all elected Republicans and Democrats are Big Government politicians - in all things - including health care. After this Supreme Court decision, they will get back to work expanding government involvement in all things - especially health care."
- The National Libertarian Party

 "I believe that today's decision was a disaster for the American people and the American healthcare system.  Even before full implementation, Obamacare costs drastically more than promised, raises the costs of healthcare for American families and harms the ability of businesses to offer health insurance, or even hire new workers."
- U.S. Rep. Ben Quayle, R-AZ

"When the Democrat controlled Congress passed ObamaCare over two years ago, it was the single most economically devastating government mandate our country has ever seen.

"Today, after the Supreme Court ruled ObamaCare's individual mandate a tax, it still remains the most economically devastating government mandate our country has ever seen.

"If the Supreme Court will not repeal this job-killing, tax-hiking mandate, then I will fight until every ounce of ObamaCare is repealed and replaced."
- U.S. Rep. David Schweikert, R-AZ

"Stopping Obamacare is now up to the American people.  The Court's decision to uphold the mandate forcing Americans to purchase government-approved insurance based on its being a tax is disappointing to say the least, as it was sold to us expressly as NOT being a tax.  In fact, this is the largest tax increase imposed on America in our nation's history.  And it's only the beginning.

"Only full repeal can end this damage and stop things from getting worse."
- State Sen. Nancy Barto, R-Dist. 7

"This is a victory for patient care. While it is not a perfect bill, the Affordable Care Act does enable us to finally bring the American health care system into the 21st Century. The real value of this legislation is that it changes the financing system so that we are incentivized for quality. We look forward to continuing our implementation of the reform measures and we will continue to be strong advocates for universal access."
- Lloyd H. Dean, president/chief executive officer, Dignity Health

"This decision upholds both the principle and the process for reforming our nation's health system. We can now continue our work to expand care to those in need, knowing the policies are in place that will foster higher quality and lower costs for all. Dignity Health Arizona began implementing reforms even before the Affordable Care law was passed, and we look forward to continuing this work with the assurance of a strengthened national health care system."

- Linda Hunt, President and CEO of Dignity Health Arizona which operates St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Chandler Regional Medical Center and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center.

"While no legislation is perfect, more people will now have access to affordable health insurance, and that is a good development for patients and the hospitals that serve them. This is a pivotal time in our history, and hospitals are transforming the way healthcare is delivered, making care safer and more affordable for patients. Arizona hospital leaders look forward to partnering with policymakers to achieve the goals of better care, better health and lower costs.
- Laurie Liles, president and CEO of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association

"The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act underscores how important health care reform is for Arizonans. This is a historic decision. There is no question that the current health care system is broken. It is too expensive and the insurance companies are calling the shots. We need reform and we need it now. Tea Party Republicans have been cutting funding for the health care industry so service providers have lost their jobs and the amount of services available have dwindled."
- AZ Rep. Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, House Minority Leader

"A health care system that allows insurance companies to cherry pick who will receive coverage and who will be left to fend for themselves is a system that fails all Arizonans. The Supreme Court's decision shows us that we are ready, now more than ever, for reform. Today, 60,000 young Arizonans who would otherwise be uninsured have coverage because of the Affordable Care Act. The 880,000 Arizona seniors benefiting from Medicare no longer have to face financial disaster because the Affordable Care Act closes the Part D 'doughnut hole.'
- Steve Farley, D-Tucson

"The Supreme Court's decision today affects me at a very personal level. As a cancer survivor and a transplant recipient, I understand deeply how crucial it is for people to have access to quality health care. All Arizonans should expect coverage that will provide life-saving treatment when they need it. The Affordable Care Act protects people from the exclusionary and unfair practices of some insurance companies.

"The US Department of Health and Human Services estimates this will save Arizonans about $27.4 million.  The Affordable Care Act is a major step toward meaningful reform."
- AZ Rep. Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson

"While we are disappointed in the majority opinion of the Court, we cannot ignore how President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress squandered over a year of his Administration on an unpopular law rather than address the important economic issues that continue to plague our financial well-being. "We are focused on taking control of the Senate, reinforcing our 2010 gains in the House, and defeating President Obama. These key objectives will open the door for a wave of new conservatives in Washington who are committed to repealing Obamacare.  This fundamentally flawed piece of legislation should be replaced with pro-growth free market solutions that will create sustainable healthcare policies for future generations."
- Amy Kremer, Chairman of the Tea Party Express

"When Obamacare was sold to the American public by Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and other Democrats, they essentially lied to the public and said it was not a tax.   However, in order to pay for this monstrous government takeover, taxes were imposed in a variety of ways, including through the individual mandate that required everyone to buy government insurance or pay penalties.   Today, the Court said Congress can impose new taxes and that the individual mandate is constitutional as a new tax.  In short, if it walks like a tax, talks like a tax, and quacks like a tax, the Supreme Court will tell us it's a tax. And so it did."
- U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-AZ

"The implementation of this government-run healthcare system will not only decrease the quality of healthcare in this country, but it will place an enormous burden on the economy at a time when we can least afford it. I will continue to work to fully repeal Obamacare and replace it with market-based healthcare reforms that improve the quality of care and lower costs through competition."
-U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, R-AZ

"ObamaCare treats American citizens like subjects. This administration has used health care law to become a dictator of conscience. The court's decision is alarming and deeply wrong. ObamaCare holds your health care hostage and offers no real choice. Either comply and abandon your religious freedom and conscience, or resist and be fined for your faith. All current ADF legal challenges to the Obama administration's abortion pill mandate will proceed, and we are confident that the Supreme Court will strike it down as unconstitutional."
- Steven H. Aden, Alliance Defense Fund senior counsel

"Protecting any new federal agency from being repealed by Congress appears to be unprecedented in the history of the United States. No possible reading of the Constitution supports the idea of an unelected, standalone federal board that's untouchable by both Congress and the courts and we will pursue this challenge all the way back to the Supreme Court if necessary."
- Clint Bolick, vice president of litigation at the Goldwater Institute

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