What They Said

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Following is a sampling of statements made following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

Health care officials

“By upholding the law, the nation’s highest court has sent a clear message that patients should be the first priority in an ever-changing health care arena. The court’s action in support of the ACA helps remind us what’s really important — enabling all Americans to obtain affordable, quality health care.”

— Nancy Brown,

CEO of American Heart Association


“Out of the three possible outcomes, this was the best one. The court could have decided to either upheld it, not upheld it or something in the middle. The industry has already headed in the direction outlined by the reform act. This saved us from having to consider a switch in the industry. … The Medicaid mandate was not upheld in the part where the states needed to comply in order to get Medicaid funds. The federal government will have to figure out now how to work with states when they don’t have the ability to compel them to comply.”

— Barclay E. Berdan,

chief operating officer of Texas Health Resources

and owner of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton


“I am excited for the fact that millions will ultimately have access to preventive, primary and specialty health care. This ruling is historic, and similar to the creation of Social Security in 1935 and Medicare in 1964, it will be remembered as another major stepping stone in the evolution of our nation’s health care delivery system. The growth in the uninsured, as well as the under-insured, has been substantial over the last decade, and reform, in some capacity, was absolutely needed. Regardless of one’s political affiliation, I believe it to be an embarrassment that in our state alone, 26 percent of the population is currently uninsured, including more than 1.2 million children.

— Caleb O’Rear,

CEO of Denton Regional Medical Center


Business officials

“Unless Congress takes action to replace this plan with something that is more workable, we will see many jobs lost and many businesses that offer insurance to their employees now will drop that coverage.”

— Bill Hammond, president of Texas Association of Business



“In the same ruling, the court upheld the ACA’s Medicaid expansion provision but removed the federal government’s ability to withhold existing Medicaid funds from states that do not comply. The Medicaid expansion is projected to cost Texas billions in state dollars.”

— State Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound


“President Obama stated multiple times that the penalty associated with the individual mandate was not a tax; however, the Supreme Court today affirmed that indeed it was a tax. In fact, it is a tax increase and a very large tax on middle-class America. When millions are unemployed the last thing America needs is another tax.”

— U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville


“Whatever the politics, today’s decision was a victory for people all over the country.”

— President Barack Obama


Denton Record-Chronicle readers

Comments from Facebook:

“Taxation without representation from a President that said it was not a tax. It is taxable to the working American families that do not have health insurance and it is 1% of their yearly income unless you are here as a illegal immigrant that does not pay taxes then you’re not paying the 1% and your health care is still free.”

— DeDe Asbell-Duncan


“ACA was a step in the right direction. This SCOTUS is one of the most conservative in history and I think it says a lot that Roberts agreed with the law and the mandate. Since everyone will be required to have coverage or pay a tax/penalty on it, I’m no longer paying it and neither is anyone else. And the law will provide help to those who need it to buy their own insurance.”

— Tina Walls


“So now, since we can’t afford health insurance (with my hubby out of work), they’re gonna *tax* us more. According to the SCOTUS, it’s a tax, not a fine. Gee, that makes it so much more affordable.”

— Holly Melton


“Remember several months ago when Republicans were dancing in the streets and singing the praises of the Supreme Court after the White House Counsel got slammed by the Supreme Court Justices for his presentation regarding Obama’s Health Care Law? How Republicans were saying that the Supreme Court was going to put Obama in his place for violating the Constitution? I suspect there are a few Christmas card lists that have been amended.”

— Rick Ritchie


“Disgusted and hoping Romney wins and repeals it! I have a child with a serious rare medical condition and am afraid of how it will affect his care!”

— Trisha Strickland


“They can deny pre-existing care for children. My in-laws have numerous health issues. We will be making sure all estates are in order as I don’t see them getting quality care or care at all. Already encountering trouble finding doctors that take Medicare and/or Medicaid. This is a sad day for the formerly greatest country in the world.”

— Jo D’Lynn Ewing

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