Massachusetts Congressional Candidates Sound off on the Obamacare Decision

By John McKenna

Today, the Supreme Court ruling 5-4 in favor of the Obama administration on the Affordable Care Act, preserving the individual mandate, and assuring that Health Care will play a vital role in the November elections. Here is what some of the Republican congressional candidates here in Massachusetts had to say on their websites:

John Golink – Candidate in MA-3

“Let’s first remember that the job of the Court is to decide what is a constitutional law, not what is a good or sound one…while I am disappointed in the outcome of the ruling, I am glad the Supreme Court affirmed what we all knew and have been saying-this health care law is a tax on every American. This Administration and the supporting democrats told us repeatedly it was not a tax. Now it is even more vital that we make sure we elect people into office that will work to repeal this terrible and massive tax. Let’s start there and then implement measures that will actually lower health care costs with the market driven reforms. I support allowing individuals to buy insurance across state lines. This will drive down insurance costs as companies compete for our business, while maintaining the quality of our healthcare. We need real tort reform that is estimated to save $85 billion over 10 years, but the real savings will be gained when doctors do not have to practice defensive medicine. We need to allow individuals to receive similar tax treatment that small businesses receive when they deduct their healthcare costs. We need to let small companies pool together, so they can take advantage of the volume discounts that are available to large companies. These are common sense solutions that focus directly on lowering our health care costs through competition.”

Tom Weaver – Candidate in MA-3

“With the Supreme Court upholding the healthcare law, the Court has said that the government can destroy our freedom through unlimited taxation. The Court has said that unemployment can grow due to the cost of business rising and employers reducing staff to maintain profits. The Court has said that fundamental rule of law has a new definition,”

Sean Bielat – Candidate in MA-4

“I am very disappointed in the Court’s ruling,” Bielat said. “However, I am not discouraged. It’s critical we repeal ObamaCare and work toward real healthcare reform that does not cripple the nation’s economy, but rather supports job growth, competition and innovation… the White House chose to limit job growth and medical advancement exactly when our country needs it most…those are two pillars of American prominence. I will fight for reform that boosts our economy, puts people to work, increases research and improves the quality of care. The President chose to ignore these goals.”

Richard Tisei – Candidate in MA-6

“If anything is clear from today’s Supreme Court ruling it is that our leaders in Washington need to go back to the drawing board, and work together to pass a bi-partisan plan that will reduce rising health care costs and provide Americans with more access to affordable health care coverage.I believe that every American should have access to affordable health care and that every insurance plan should contain basic protections that provide health care security to every citizen of this nation. As a Congressman, I will bring that same spirit of cooperation to Washington and work with both Democrats and Republicans to pass legislation that provides incentives to states to create more choices and more coverage. Rather than a Washington based “one size fits all approach”, I believe that every state needs to tailor a plan to their individual needs and that Americans should maintain control over their own healthcare decisions…I will approach health care reform with the recognition that we currently have the best quality system in the world. Rather than overhauling our current system I believe that it makes much more sense to work to improve what we have.”

Joe Selvaggi – Candidate in MA-8

“Now we know that Obamacare is the biggest middle tax increase in the history of our nation. Didn’t President Obama and professional politicians like Steve Lynch promised not to raise taxes on people earning under $250,000? They broke their promise…As a business owner, we provide health insurance for our employees. It is a very costly decision. I know many other small business owners just cannot afford to do it and keep people employed. It is time to elect a new Congressman who has extensive business experience not re-elect a flip flopping professional politician. If we want to improve our economy and grow jobs, then we need to repeal the mandate/tax,”

Christopher Sheldon – Candidate in MA-9

“As a result of today’s ruling, health care recipients, medical providers, insurers, businesses, job creators and our economy will continue down the same turbulent path we have been traveling since the 2,700 page Obama health care law was rushed through Congress two years ago by Nancy Pelosi. To date, the majority of Americans and even the Members of Congress who voted in favor of this law are unclear regarding the ramifications of Obamacare. However, we do know the following: unlike what President Obama and his Administration promised, Obamacare did not and will not reduce the national deficit. We also know that Obamacare has caused far greater confusion, concern and frustration for the largest job creators in the United States: small businesses.”

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Massachusetts Congressional Candidates Sound off on the Obamacare Decision

By John McKenna

Today, the Supreme Court ruling 5-4 in favor of the Obama administration on the Affordable Care Act, preserving the individual mandate, and assuring that Health Care will play a vital role in the November elections. Here is what some of the Republican congressional candidates here in Massachusetts had to say on their websites:

John Golink – Candidate in MA-3

“Let’s first remember that the job of the Court is to decide what is a constitutional law, not what is a good or sound one…while I am disappointed in the outcome of the ruling, I am glad the Supreme Court affirmed what we all knew and have been saying-this health care law is a tax on every American. This Administration and the supporting democrats told us repeatedly it was not a tax. Now it is even more vital that we make sure we elect people into office that will work to repeal this terrible and massive tax. Let’s start there and then implement measures that will actually lower health care costs with the market driven reforms. I support allowing individuals to buy insurance across state lines. This will drive down insurance costs as companies compete for our business, while maintaining the quality of our healthcare. We need real tort reform that is estimated to save $85 billion over 10 years, but the real savings will be gained when doctors do not have to practice defensive medicine. We need to allow individuals to receive similar tax treatment that small businesses receive when they deduct their healthcare costs. We need to let small companies pool together, so they can take advantage of the volume discounts that are available to large companies. These are common sense solutions that focus directly on lowering our health care costs through competition.”

Tom Weaver – Candidate in MA-3

“With the Supreme Court upholding the healthcare law, the Court has said that the government can destroy our freedom through unlimited taxation. The Court has said that unemployment can grow due to the cost of business rising and employers reducing staff to maintain profits. The Court has said that fundamental rule of law has a new definition,”

Sean Bielat – Candidate in MA-4

“I am very disappointed in the Court’s ruling,” Bielat said. “However, I am not discouraged. It’s critical we repeal ObamaCare and work toward real healthcare reform that does not cripple the nation’s economy, but rather supports job growth, competition and innovation… the White House chose to limit job growth and medical advancement exactly when our country needs it most…those are two pillars of American prominence. I will fight for reform that boosts our economy, puts people to work, increases research and improves the quality of care. The President chose to ignore these goals.”

Joe Selvaggi – Candidate in MA-8

“Now we know that Obamacare is the biggest middle tax increase in the history of our nation. Didn’t President Obama and professional politicians like Steve Lynch promised not to raise taxes on people earning under $250,000? They broke their promise…As a business owner, we provide health insurance for our employees. It is a very costly decision. I know many other small business owners just cannot afford to do it and keep people employed. It is time to elect a new Congressman who has extensive business experience not re-elect a flip flopping professional politician. If we want to improve our economy and grow jobs, then we need to repeal the mandate/tax,”

Christopher Sheldon – Candidate in MA-9

“As a result of today’s ruling, health care recipients, medical providers, insurers, businesses, job creators and our economy will continue down the same turbulent path we have been traveling since the 2,700 page Obama health care law was rushed through Congress two years ago by Nancy Pelosi. To date, the majority of Americans and even the Members of Congress who voted in favor of this law are unclear regarding the ramifications of Obamacare. However, we do know the following: unlike what President Obama and his Administration promised, Obamacare did not and will not reduce the national deficit. We also know that Obamacare has caused far greater confusion, concern and frustration for the largest job creators in the United States: small businesses.”

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