Here are their statements:
"Our mission is now clear. We must replace Obama and repeal the Obamacare Tax," LAGOP Chairman Roger Villere Jr. said, following today's 5-4 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare as a tax.
The Court ruled that the individual mandate violates the commerce clause of the Constitution, but falls within Congress’ power to tax, effectively holding that Obamacare is the largest tax increase in American history.
“While a narrow majority of the Court upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare, it is still bad public policy and bad for the American people,” said Chairman Villere.
“The implementation of Obamacare will grossly expand the role of government in our everyday lives, increase taxes on an already burdened American people and devastate our economy.”
The Supreme Court’s decision comes as a shock to many Americans who feel Obamacare infringes upon their right to choose their healthcare benefits.
“With a presidential election on the horizon, the Republican Party of Louisiana will continue the fight to repeal Obamacare and fix the problems caused by President Obama and his progressive agenda. Americans deserve the right to have access to healthcare from the doctor they choose at a price they can afford without government interference. Defeating Obama in November is the most important thing we can do for the future of our country," Villere said.
Governor Bobby Jindal also issued the following statement:
"Ironically, the Supreme Court has decided to be far more honest about Obamacare than Obama was. They rightly have called it a tax. Today’s decision is a blow to our freedoms. The Court should have protected our constitutional freedoms, but remember it was the President that forced this law on us.
The American people did not want or approve of Obamacare then, and they do not now. Americans oppose it because it will decrease the quality of health care in America, raise taxes, cut Medicare, and break the bank. All of this is still true. Republicans must drive hard toward repeal, this is no time to go weak in the knees."
Louisiana Congressman John Fleming
“The Supreme Court has confirmed what President Obama and Washington liberals denied: Obamacare is a massive tax increase, and it will force the American people to fund another government-run entitlement. While giving states a break from Obamacare's Medicaid burden, the Court has given no such option to individuals.
"This decision strikes at the heart of our liberty and raises taxes for a new government program that has an enormous price tag, and represents one of the greatest government power grabs in our lifetime. Obamacare accelerates the demise of Medicare, empowers unelected bureaucrats to make decisions about medical care, provides for taxpayer-funded abortions, dramatically expands the role of the IRS to enforce the individual mandate, drives up government spending, does nothing to bring down the rising costs of health care, and inserts the federal government between doctors and patients.
"Congress and the American people will have the last word on this. I am more committed than ever to fighting for the full repeal of Obamacare."
Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a physician and small businessowner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana.
It's not surprising. If we stop and look at where this country is headed how could you expect anything different. The move towards socialism creeps forward ever so slowly. Liberals of today would be appauled if they actually learned the values of the true Democrats of the past. To them they would seem conservative.
Tony Gentile Member of the Christian Party of Louisiana