By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Northeast Mississippi’s U.S. lawmakers said Thursday they’ll work to repeal the Affordable Care Act after the Supreme Court issued a “disappointing” ruling to uphold the controversial law.
U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran and U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee said the legislation mandating all Americans carry health insurance remains flawed despite the high court’s decision on its constitutionality.
Democratic challengers to Nunnelee and Wicker, who both face a general election in November, expressed support for the ruling.
Here’s a roundup of comments:
• Nunnelee: “I am extremely disappointed by the decision. However, the Supreme Court has stated plainly what the president and his allies went to great lengths to deny: Obamacare is a tax. … We must continue to work for full repeal of Obamacare and for legislation that lowers costs by giving individuals control over their health care decisions.”
• Cochran: “The Supreme Court ruling does not repudiate all of the problems with this law. Despite the Supreme Court’s legal ruling allowing most aspects of the law to remain intact, that doesn’t mean the policies set forth in the law are best for the American people or our economy. I continue to favor repeal of this health care law. We should respect the fact that most Americans don’t want it.”
• Wicker: “The Supreme Court ruled on the constitutional arguments against the President’s health care law, but all the significant policy flaws remain. The Court’s decision points out that Obamacare is a major tax increase. …. Congress now has an opportunity to show the American people that we are listening to them by voting to repeal it and replace it with market-driven solutions that help lower costs.”
• Brad Morris, Democratic candidate for 1st Congressional District: “Today’s ruling keeps in place a number of health care reforms that are making health care more accessible and affordable to middle class and working families … . We need to move to implementation and fix what does not work, but Americans do not want to start over again. That is why it is so important that we have people in Congress who want to work on solutions, not just work on scoring political points.”
• Albert N. Gore Jr., candidate for U.S. Senate: “I’m thankful that the Supreme Court did what it did, and leave it alone. The only thing I would recommend is that we go for single-pay, which is the next step up. I’m all for what they did.”