Reactions to the court's decision on the Affordable Care Act

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PRESIDENT OBAMA

Obama says the decision upholds the fundamental principle that in the wealthiest nation on earth, no one should be ruined financially by an illness or accident.

“Today’s decision was a victory for people all over this country whose lives will be more secure,” Obama declared after a divided high court upheld the law, including a requirement that people carry health insurance. “It’s time for us to move forward.”

MITT ROMNEY

“Obamacare was bad law yesterday. It’s bad law today,” Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, said after the ruling.

The Republican-led House already voted for repeal but can’t push it forward so long as Obama is in the White House and Democrats lead the Senate – making the November elections crucial.

“If we want to get rid of Obamacare,” he said, “we’re going to have replace President Obama.”

IN GEORGIA

Georgia will wait until the November elections to implement President Obama’s health care overhaul after the U.S. Supreme Court found it largely constitutional, Republican Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday.

An opponent of the sweeping health care changes, Deal said he is hoping Romney wins the White House and the GOP keeps its House majority and wins the Senate, putting the Republicans in a position to repeal or gut the law.

Deal signaled he was in no rush to implement it even as Democrats called on him to quickly move forward.

“We are probably just going to be in a holding pattern until such time as we see what the events of November bring us,” Deal told reporters during a Capitol news conference.

IN SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Thursday that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the federal health care law represents a huge tax increase that will kill jobs.

“This decision concludes one thing and one thing only for me, and that is we need to have new leadership in Washington. We cannot continue to go down this path. We cannot continue to be dictated to on what kind of health care we need,” the Republican governor said outside her office. “We’ve got a president who continues to want to put tax hikes on the American people.”

Haley endorsed Mitt Romney before South Carolina’s presidential primary in January and campaigned for him inside and outside the state.

She repeated her stance that the law should be repealed under a new administration.

– Associated Press


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