Minnesota officials react to health care ruling
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota political leaders on both sides of the federal health care debate reacted quickly and sharply to the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, which opponents dub "Obamacare."
Here is a snapshot of the reaction:
"This ruling is an affirmation of the reform efforts currently underway in Minnesota to improve the quality and lower the cost of care."
--Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.
"President Obama and Democrats in Congress have unleashed a massive expansion of government that will harm our economy every day until it is repealed."
--Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers, a Republican.
"This law is a beginning, not an end, and I believe that improvements still need to be made. Moving forward I will continue to work to ensure the law is implemented in a way that is consistent with Minnesota's high-quality, efficient health care system and ensure these reforms work for our state."
--Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
"Countless Minnesotans -- for generations to come -- will no longer have to suffer the burden of worrying about getting health insurance. There's a lot of great stuff in this law."
--Democratic Sen. Al Franken.
"Health care reform is a journey, not a destination. And as we move forward, I will continue to work closely with health care experts, small businesses and southern Minnesotans to ensure all Americans have access to the high-quality, low-cost care they deserve."
--Democratic Rep. Tim Walz, who represents the 1st Congressional District.
"The Supreme Court's decision is a devastating blow to the American people. If Washington can penalize private citizens for failing to buy government-approved health insurance, then there is no reasonable limit on federal power."
--Republican Rep. John Kline, who represents the 2nd Congressional District.
"While I respect the court's decision, it doesn't change the fact that the health care law's policy is flawed and remains very unpopular with the majority of Americans."
--Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen, who represents the 3rd Congressional District.
"It is now time for Republicans in Congress to end their vitriolic repeal campaign and work on effectively implementing this law to the benefit of the American people."
--Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum, who represents the 4th Congressional District.
"For decades, Americans have been organizing to secure greater access to affordable health care. Today's ruling means we can create change and improve people's lives when we work hard and stick together."
--Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, who represents the 5th Congressional District.
"Obamacare represents the largest expansion of entitlement spending and a playground of left-wing social engineering in our country's history and must be stopped. Now, the only way to save the country from Obamacare's budget-busting government takeover of health care is to completely repeal it."
--Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, who represents the 6th Congressional District.
"The Supreme Court ruling means small business owners, doctors, patients and consumers will be forced into a government-run health care system that limits our freedom while driving up costs on all Americans. I don't have to tell you this is unacceptable and un-American."
--Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack, who represents the 8th Congressional District.
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