Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Obamacare Tax - the NJ View

Two NJ State Senators released statements on the narrow 5-4 ruling in the Supreme Court upholding Obamacare, rejecting it under the Commerce Clause but approving it as a tax:

BUONO STATEMENT ON HISTORIC SUPREME COURT RULING ON ACA
Senator Barbara Buono, D-Middlesex and a member of Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, made the following statement today after the Supreme Court's historic ruling on the Affordable Care Act:

"The American people are the true winners today, as the Supreme Court has affirmed the Democrats' sensible efforts at health care reform.  New Jerseyans with pre-existing conditions are the true winners, as they will no longer live in fear of being denied insurance.  Young adults are the true winners, as they will be able to remain covered under their parents' insurance plans and they seek out their first full-time jobs in this hard economy.  The chronically ill are the true winners as there will no longer be a lifetime cap on health benefits.  And every other American is a true winner as health insurance will become more affordable as we expand coverage pools, reduce administrative costs and remove co-pays and deductibles for preventative care.  Today the rule of law triumphed over political attacks looking to deny millions of Americans more affordable health care."


STATEMENT OF SENATOR AND CANDIDATE FOR U.S. SENATE JOE KYRILLOS ON SUPREME COURT DECISION

Middletown, June 28...State Senator and Candidate for U.S. Senate Joe Kyrillos released the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

"Today’s Supreme Court decision may have confirmed the constitutionality of the legislation, but one fact remains: the massive, expensive health care overhaul voted for by Senator Menendez is bad policy.

Government run healthcare spends money we don't have, loots Medicare, limits patient choice, and continues to place a cloud of uncertainty over our economy. Congress can and must repeal and replace it with more sensible reforms like providing coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.

Here in New Jersey, we've seen how the Corzine-Menendez pattern of raising taxes, spending more and leaving the bills to future generations does not work- it left us nearly bankrupt.

We need change in Washington. Real, meaningful change. The same kind of change Governor Christie is bringing to New Jersey. And I intend to deliver that kind of change as your Senator."