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Comments on The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590)

27 June 2012

The Supreme Court is set to rule this week on the constitutionality of H.R. 3590, better known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 this week. Hearings for the bill were held before the Supreme Court March 26-28. The decision is expected to be announced Thursday. Below are some recent comments on the issue.

"In the coming weeks, the United States Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of the president's health care law. While I am hopeful that the legislation will be ruled unconstitutional, if the Supreme Court does not throw out the entire law, we will repeal what's left of it. Make no mistake; House Republicans are committed to fully repealing all of the harmful policies -- the mandates, penalties, and tax hikes -- in ObamaCare."- Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)

"On the legal merits, the opponents of the Affordable Care Act are just wrong. Health care constitutes one-sixth of the economy. It is absurd to suggest that in the 21st century the federal government, exercising its authority under the Commerce Clause, cannot make laws affecting an area that is so clearly commerce. As Reagan appointee Laurence Silberman wrote, Congress of course has the power "to forge national solutions to national problems."- Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)

“[H.R. 3590] is having an impact on middle income families that want to have good jobs. We also found out that 30 percent of employers in this country plan on dropping people once Obamacare's put in place, dropping them from their healthcare plan. And then there were some other revelations about Obamacare, instead of costing a trillion dollars, it's going to cost $2 trillion.”- Mitt Romney (R)

“The mandate requires everyone to have insurance, which helps pay for the bill and makes them responsible for their own health care if they get sick or injured. No longer will the millions of uninsured Americans be able to rely on the vast majority of taxpayers who have health insurance and pay extra to take care of them.”- Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE)

“Our system is working for most Americans. Almost 85 percent have health insurance, and it can work for all Americans through commonsense reforms like moving coverage towards an individual-based model, increasing competition by allowing the purchase of insurance across State lines, incentivizing the purchase of insurance through tax credits, reforming medical malpractice laws, and letting people, not government, decide what services they need and want.”- Rep. Joe Heck, Jr. (R-NV)

“That's basically the argument the other side is making. They're not offering anything new, they're just saying, things are tough right now and it's Obama's fault. You can pretty much sum up their argument. There's no vision for the future there. There's no imagination. I mean, somebody is going to have to explain to me how repealing Obamacare and throwing 30 million people back to a situation where they don't have health care, somehow that's an economic development agenda. Nobody has really explained that to me.”- Pres. Barack Obama (D)

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