Heres the way some elected officials from Oregon reacted to the news from the Supreme Court on Thursday:
Gov. John Kitzhaber:
"I am pleased that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, which will help all Oregonians, including the 600,000 Oregonians who are uninsured, have better access to health coverage. It's a vindication of the Obama Administration's bold approach. Oregons health transformation initiative is well under way.
Were moving forward with Coordinated Care Organizations that will transform Medicaid for better health and lower cost. And the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange will be a central marketplace where individuals and small businesses can shop for health plans and receive help paying for coverage."
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore.:
Speaker Pelosi said Congress had to pass the bill so Americans could find out whats in it. Now we know: a massive tax increase on middle class families and small businesses.
The Presidents health care law is the wrong prescription for Oregon seniors, families, and small businesses. Its hurting our economy by making it more costly for small businesses to hire new workers. It takes half a trillion dollars from Medicare, which will only make it more difficult for seniorsespecially in rural areasto get access to medical care. And it empowers a board of fifteen unelected bureaucrats to decide what health care individuals will get. That decision should be between patients and doctors, not unelected bureaucrats in Washington, Rep. Walden said. Its your life. Its your health. You should have the right to choose your doctor and hospital and make your own decisions about whats best for you and your family.
I look forward to voting on July 11 to fully repeal this unworkable law, as a clear majority of Americans favor. Oregonians deserve a patient-centered health care system that allows them to access the care they need from the doctor and hospital they choose at the lowest possible cost.
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.:
The Supreme Court affirmed today that health insurance is not just for the healthy and wealthy and that denying coverage to those who need it most has no place in the United States.
I think it is unfortunate that instead of looking for ways to better guarantee health care for their citizens, some states have focused only on repealing a law that would have guaranteed additional care. I authored Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act to give states who think they can do better than the federal government the ability to innovate their own state-based health solutions and even opt out of the federal individual mandate.
It is my hope that moving forward we can trade litigation for innovation and come together around the idea that every American should have quality, affordable health care.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.:
Todays decision creates a clear path forward. We must now focus on how to best deliver affordable, high-quality health care for every American. In 2009, Congress set out to fix our broken health care system because the status quo was unacceptable.
We took on this problem because America could not afford a health system that rationed care depending on wealth, gave insurance company bureaucrats final say over life and death decisions, and weighed down our economic competitiveness like an anchor.
As a result of todays decision, we have the chance to deliver these important advances for Americas families and business and to implement a vision of affordable, accessible health care for all Americans. No one should go bankrupt if they get sick.
Everyone should have access to preventive care in order to live healthy, productive lives. I look forward to working with Gov. Kitzhaber and other Oregon policymakers to put in place these important reforms for all Oregonians."