Governors React Nationwide to High Court Health Ruling

By: - June 28, 2012 12:00 am


“The ACA is the single worst piece of legislation to come out of Congress. This law must be repealed.”

Governor Robert Bentley (R)


“It is now up to the American people to save our country from the fiscal and regulatory nightmare known as ObamaCare.”

Governor Jan Brewer (R)


“[O]ur separate initiative to create cost savings and improve health care in Arkansas continues. Our aim is to set an example other states can follow, regardless of what transpires next in Washington, D.C.”

Governor Mike Beebe (D)


“With SCOTUS validating the law, Republicans in Congress should cease their efforts to repeal the reforms and instead join President Obama in focusing on job creation.”

Governor Dannel P. Malloy (D)


“I stand with Justice Kennedy that the entire act should have been held invalid.”

Governor Rick Scott (R)


“Today, the Supreme Court handed down a disastrous decision to uphold President Obama’s destructive health care law, which means a future of higher costs, higher taxes, and increasing debt for Iowans.”

Governor Terry Branstad (R)


“Stopping ObamaCare is now in the hands of the American people. It begins with electing a new president this fall.”

Governor Sam Brownback (R)


“Today’s decision gives considerable momentum to our health care reform efforts here in Maryland. What it does not – and indeed must not – do, is give us license to take our eye off the ball or slow our progress.”

Governor Martin O’Malley (D)


“Republicans must drive hard toward repeal, this is no time to go weak in the knees.”

Governor Bobby Jindal (R)


“While I may not agree with everything in the law, now that the Supreme Court has essentially upheld the Act, we must act quickly to avoid an undue burden on Michigan residents and job providers.”

Governor Rick Snyder (R)


“This ruling is an affirmation of the reform efforts currently underway in Minnesota to improve health and lower the cost of care.”

Governor Mark Dayton (D)


“We’re just now beginning to review this ruling so that we can understand exactly what it means for Missouri.”

Governor Jay Nixon (D)


“The implications for Medicaid costs are still unclear, but Nevada will prepare to meet the serious financial implications of this decision.”

Governor Brian Sandoval (R)

New Jersey

“[T]he Supreme Court is confirming what we knew all along about this law – it is a tax on middle class Americans.”

Governor Chris Christie (R)


“It’s a vindication of the Obama Administration’s bold approach.”

Governor John Kitzhaber (D)


“President Obama’s health care policies will limit patients’ health care choices, reduce the quality of health care in the United States, and will cost the state of Oklahoma more than a half billion dollars in the process.”

Governor Mary Fallin (R)

Rhode Island

“We are energized by this decision and will work with Rhode Island’s business community to continue to implement health reform in our state.”

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee (I)

South Dakota

“I am still convinced that the President’s health law is bad policy and I will continue to fight to protect South Dakota citizens from its harmful effects.”

Governor Dennis Daugaard (R)


“This ruling will be a stomach punch to the American economy.”

Governor Rick Perry (R)


“Today’s ruling crystallizes all that’s at stake in November’s election. The only way to stop Barack Obama’s budget-busting health care takeover is by electing a new president.”

Governor Bob McDonnell (R)


“This is a historic decision that will allow Washington to continue as a leader in providing access to quality, affordable health care to its residents.”

Governor Chris Gregoire (D)

West Virginia

“We’re going to review the Supreme Court’s ruling, and work with our federal delegation on how we move forward.”

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D)


“Wisconsin will not take any action to implement ObamaCare. I am hopeful that political changes in Washington D.C. later this year ultimately end the implementation of this law at the federal level.”

Governor Scott Walker (R)

Compiled by Stateline’s Maggie Clark and Pamela M. Prah

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