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(West Plains) – A number of politicians and political candidates from Missouri and Arkansas have released statements on the Supreme Court’s passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon:

We’re just now beginning to review this ruling so that we can understand exactly what it means for Missouri. This ruling has significant complexities and implications for families, health care providers and insurers in our state. Here in Missouri, I’m committed to working collaboratively with citizens, businesses, medical providers and the legislature to move forward in a way that works best for families in our state.

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe:

We will study the impact the Court’s ruling will have on health care in Arkansas going forward. In the mean time, our 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.

US Senate Candidate Sarah Steelman:

I am disappointed and angry that the United States Supreme Court passed down a ruling which will alter the fabric of our nation by creating a fundamentally socialist healthcare system. Today’s ruling is not a republican ruling. It is not a democrat ruling. It is an establishment ruling. Lead by Chief Justice Roberts, an establishment appointee, more focused on keeping power in the hands of Washington politicians…for months, Obamacare opponents have said that the individual mandate was a tax while Obama and his liberal enablers in the media mocked us. All this grand expansion of the taxing authority will do is lead to more uncertainty, less growth, and fewer jobs. Once again, the establishement of both parties have increased their power at the expense of our nation. I will vote to repeal Obamacare.

Ed Martin, candidate for Missouri Attorney General:

I am thoroughly disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling today. Proponents of individualism and the free market such as myself have been dealt serious blow. ObamaCare is an egregious attack on our personal freedom and liberty, and will have untold consequences for our country in the years to come. With more federal regulation and overreach undoubtedly on the way, we need and deserve an Attorney General who will be our lawyer, not Obama’s lawyer. Unfortunately, (AG Chris) Koster has shown time and time again that he would rather drift with the prevailing political winds than represent the interests of Missourians.

The Missouri State Medical Association:

MSMA continues to prepare for the many changes PPACA will beget, and will make every effort to ensure that those changes ­ and the multitude of rules and regulations promulgated to implement them ­ are first and foremost in the best interest of our patients. Toward that end, MSMA encourages Congress and the Obama Administration to adhere to the following core principles as the manifold provisions of PPACA are set into motion.

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