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Jun-28-2012 14:55printcomments

Supreme Court Ruling Limits Freedom, Strengthens Government

Includes local comment on today’s Supreme Court ruling.

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(WASHINGTON DC) - Today the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) reacted to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the individual mandate and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The 5 to 4 decision went against what NFIB and 26 states argued in front of the Justices in our challenge against the constitutionality of the individual mandate.

“While we are certainly disappointed, NFIB respects the decision to uphold the individual mandate by the Supreme Court. Clearly this mandate has now become a tax on all Americans and a broken campaign promise from President Obama not to raise taxes,” said Dan Danner, President and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business. “We are concerned about the precedent that this will set in Congress’ ability to mandate other aspects of our lives, but we will move forward from today to continue to fight, harder than ever, for real health-care reform for our membership.

“Under PPACA, small-business owners are going to face an onslaught of taxes and mandates, resulting in job loss and closed businesses. We will continue to fight for the repeal of PPACA in the halls of Congress; only with PPACA’s full repeal will Congress have the ability to go back to the drawing board to craft real reform that makes reducing costs a number one priority. The power and control of health-care decisions should be in the hands of the consumer, not the government.”

“This day will go down in history as the day when Americans lost a part of their freedom – the freedom to choose what to buy with their own money.” said Karen Harned, Executive Director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center.

Local Comment on Today’s Supreme Court Ruling

From Jan Meekcoms Oregon state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, which was the named plaintiff in today’s landmark decision in NFIB v. Sebelius, the lawsuit America’s leading small-business association brought against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

“While very disappointed, we respect today’s SCOTUS decision to uphold the individual mandate. This decision creates tax increases and mandates that stand in the way of job creation and make high health-care costs an impediment to growing Oregon’s economy. We feel the PPACA is the wrong path and the wrong direction for true health care reform. We will continue to fight for our members in the regulatory and legislative arenas.”

From Jan Meekcoms Oregon state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, which was the named plaintiff in today’s landmark decision in NFIB v. Sebelius, the lawsuit America’s leading small-business association brought against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).


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Konstantin April 7, 2013 9:31 am (Pacific time)

how do you know you have the best health care in the world? beuacse you pay so much? America had the best health care in the world before government invaded the business through private insurance regulations mandated by government authority. businesses have much more sincerity/integrity when they aren't under mandates of government rule. Freedom isn't controlled by government and ones health is a part of ones freedom to maintain ones livelihood and the business is ones own to conduct within self governing. ones personal health is a responsibility within ones self control. Why would anybody trust that to government to control and to control the insurance of? The problem in America was induced by government involvement and is making it worse through the abuse of authority when the only problem from the start was not holding people accountable to their own expenses or helping find resources that would aid in the expense instead of obligating the expense to everyone uninvolved. Unless it's a pandemic personal health should be kept personal with the help of the free market (by "free"- free to run) and none of the government's business.


Anonymous June 28, 2012 5:51 pm (Pacific time)

The TEA party movement was born of the threat Obamacare posed to us. It will send the enthusiasm on our side sky high. It will do very little to excite the Left – hey, they won, didn’t they? The Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling has placed the weight of pulling America’s wagon on middle class people. In the short run, Democrats will be delirious, and their cheerleaders in the media will be insufferable – in the short run. They will all act as if they have forgotten what happened in the elections of 2010 – but we will remind them in November. In 2010, when Obamacare was originally passed with no Senate votes from Republicans, it became the driving force that propelled millions of Americas to stand and fight. We converged on Washington from all over the country demanding that something be done “to fix this.” When it became clear that the way to “fix it” was to vote out the Democrats and vote in a conservative majority in the House and Senate, we rolled up our sleeves and, with rarely seen levels of enthusiasm, marched to the polls. That was BEFORE Obamacare was poured into concrete by Justice Roberts. That was before the absolute urgency of voting out every Democrat in the House and the Senate was staring us in the face. This will do very little to energize the Left – Democrats will SAY we must elect Democrats to preserve what we have, but saving something that IS won’t fire up voters like changing something that has BECOME. After a few weeks when the decision has been fully understood, the power of America’s TEA party movement will emerge. There will be rallies, and the spirit of 2010 will fill the air. Those who would say “The TEA party movement is dead” will do so at their own political peril. This decision keeps the assaults on religious freedoms in place. Now, which side will THAT fire up?


amandablack June 28, 2012 3:13 pm (Pacific time)

Better than nothing. The preferred reform should have been a single payer system, aimilar to Medicaire, (those who want to buy their own - can always do so.)We would not ever have to worry about skyrocketing premiums. and care,"from the cradle to the grave". some. A clear indication of protecting the insurance industry, at the cost of the American citizen.

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