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Public Statements - Readers, Politicians, Leaders, Medical Community Comment on Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care Mandate

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"Conventional wisdom and national polls showed many Americans favored repeal of the measure, so we are surprised by the court's decision." -- Kevin Brinegar, president and CEO Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

"It will be a real challenge here to figure out what it means and how to make it work." -- John Barney, president Barney Enterprises, and a member of The Times Board of Economists representing the restaurant industry

"Because of the Affordable Care Act, children can no longer be discriminated against by insurance companies, millions of seniors will be better able to afford prescription medication as the Medicare Part D 'donut hole' closes, young adults can remain on their parents' plans until age 26, and in the future, individuals with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage. Now ... we must work hard to ensure its efficient and effective implementation and continue our effort to create jobs." -- U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville

"This sweeping, oppressive new tax on middle-income earners does nothing to reduce health care costs, eliminate waste, improve quality of care, or protect senior citizens and the low-income uninsured. Instead, Obamacare serves only to further bloat the size of federal bureaucracy, add trillions of dollars to the national debt, increase taxes we pay, mandate burdensome regulations on small business, and infringe upon individual rights." -- Joel Phelps, Republican 1st District congressional nominee

"The law provides guaranteed direct access to OB/GYN providers without referrals, and an end to discriminatory practices against women, such as charging women higher premiums and denying coverage for 'pre-existing conditions.' And equally as important, millions of women across the nation will soon have access to birth control without a co-pay. ... Nearly half of all pregnancies are unintended in Indiana, and more than half of all births are publicly funded at a cost to taxpayers of nearly $500 million annually. ... Our state has one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation." -- Planned Parenthood of Indiana President and CEO Betty Cockrum

"Great lawyering. If the attorneys wouldn't have called it a tax, which the politicians were to scared to, it may no have been upheld. But this still doesn't help the middle class and will definitely hurt small business owners." -- Monica O'Donnell, Ogden Dunes, via Facebook

"Thankfully, Justice Roberts put the Constitution, the American people and the USA over his political party." -- Jon Benchik, Munster, via Facebook

"To the sheeple rejoicing over this miscarriage of justice, you are in great big trouble! I'm fortunate enough to have my own health insurance and when I didn't have it as a benefit, I didn't go without nor did my children, I paid for it! My insurance grants decision making to my doctors, thank God. ... I hope that you appreciate the hand-holding of your insurance, govt, and those great big pharmaceutical companies! If Pfizer is rejoicing over this, you should seriously want to re-think your views!" -- Cheryl Carnahan Martin, of Chesterton, via Facebook

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