Statewide Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says he’s “deeply disappointed” in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that “ObamaCare” subsidies are legal. Carson is urging ObamaCare opponents not to “waste time and energy mourning” the decision, but to instead “redouble” the effort to get Congress to repeal the law.
(as said) “We have to come out with something that is really appealing,” Carson says. “…That’s going to require some legislative changes, which means we’ve got to get brave people in there in leadership positions.”
Carson, who made stops in Rock Rapids and Sioux Center on Thursday, June 25th, says it’s important to “get rid of things” in ObamaCare that are “killing the economy” and that means ending the “employer mandate” which requires businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to provide health insurance or pay a fine.
(as said) “It used to be as your company was growing, you were really happy. You got 40 and then you got 50 and then you got 100 employees. That doesn’t happen anymore. Now you get to 40 and you start backing off,” Carson says. “That antithetical to growth in our society.”
Iowa Congressman Steve King, a leading critic of ObamaCare, issued a video statement on Thursday on the ruling.
(as said) “This is a frustrating day when you’re in the business of writing laws and watching the Supreme Court amend them at their will,” King said, “by using their own judgment on what public policy should be in the United States.”
King says when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, the court has decided to “make it up” as it goes along.
(as said) “And they have ruled, essentially, that the law doesn’t mean what it says,” King says.
This decision on “ObamaCare” was the first of two big rulings expected from the court before it recesses for the summer.
(as said) “I’m really concerned about what can happen with the decision on marriage,” King says. “They’ll likely conclude that the Constitution doesn’t mean what it says either.”
Senator Chuck Grassley, the senior member of Iowa’s Congressional delegation, issued a written statement. Grassley says he respects the court, but Grassley says ObamaCare “remains a terrible law” and he remains “committed to repealing and replacing it with effective reforms driven by the marketplace, not the heavy hand of government.” Congressman Dave Loebsack, the only Democrat in Iowa’s Congressional delegation, calls today’s decision “a big relief for the thousands of Iowa families who would have faced large, unforeseen, out of pocket increases in their health care costs.” Loebsack says it’s time to “move forward and work to strengthen this law, not continue to try and dismantle it.”
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