Wisconsin politicians give varied opinions on SCOTUS Health Care decision
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MILWAUKEE - The following are opinions from various Wisconsin political figures on the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act:
"Because the health care reform law was upheld, millions of Americans who couldn't get health coverage can now get it."
- Former Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wisconsin)
"It's not a good sign...I guess it was a tax increase...I think our base will be energized by this."
- Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin)
"I believe the Supreme Court made the right decision today. There is much more work to be done in controlling health care costs, but the Affordable Care Act brings us closer to providing health care to all Americans at a cost we can afford."
- Senator Herb Kohl (D-Wisconsin)
"So many in my home state of Wisconsin will benefit and are already benefiting from the ACA. They can now breathe a sigh of relief that they will continue to benefit from critical patient protections, lower costs, expanded coverage and greater accountability from the insurance industry."
- Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee)
"I am very disappointed by the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law. Just because it may be considered constitutional does not mean it is the right thing to do.
- Rep. Tom Petri (R-Fond du Lac)
"The President very clearly said this is not a tax...if that were true, it would have been unconstitutional. Because it is a tax...it's upheld...If we win, we will repeal this law."
- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville)
"Let me say I am disappointed...this is going to hurt employment."
- Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls)
"Today's decision means increased taxes on middle class families, higher costs for small businesses, endless amounts of debt for future generations, and fewer healthcare options.
- Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin)