- Post 29 June 2012
- By Copy Editor
Maryland legislators and candidates have plenty to say on the SCOTUS decision to allow the federal government to mother you from contraception to death.
The largest tax increase in American history, to be paid for by your children's children, provided they are not aborted or terminated at the behest of some government official that has been given the power to do what they are commanded to do for the collective good. ProgressiveCare will be the death for the unwanted and those tagged unproductive or too old. If anyone believes that the government will not abuse this power to engineer society are delusional. Elections have consequences, the rubber meets the road in the Congress and State Houses, keep electing Progressives and the result will be what we have today. A non-representative over-bearing, over-reaching government that controls every aspect of your life. ProgressiveCare is the culmination of an ambivalent electorate that continues to abdicate their duty to keep their Government in check or accountable. Justice Roberts in his decision said as much. Justice Roberts gave us a wake up call.
Dan Bongino, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Maryland:
"The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act today. This is a serious blow to the freedoms of all Americans. The only option left for protecting our freedoms and pursuing effective solutions to our health care challenges is to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
A majority of Americans support this choice. To do so, we must elect new voices to represent us in Congress. The choice is now between the path of massive government bureaucracy and crony capitalism that has produced the lingering recession we face now or a return to the freedoms and opportunities that have always led to prosperity for all Americans.
We have options. There are solutions. This level of government control over such a vital facet of our lives should be an option of last resort. This November, we have the chance to vote for those willing to pursue real solutions. Measures, which have succeeded in the past with bipartisan support, include block granting Medicaid to the states and appropriate indexing of benefits. I promise to work to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a new law that meets the needs of Americans without striping anyone of their rights."
Your liberty & freedom were sold out today to a now boundless government, free to dictate your healthcare choices. Now, more than ever, is the time to elect new leaders to the Senate who believe that we are entitled to a citizen-centric government, not a mandate that citizens center their lives on government."
Nancy Jacobs, Republican Candidate for Congress, Dist. 2:
Time and time again we were told that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would not be a tax increase. However, today's Supreme Court ruling told us what we already knew; the ACA is another massive tax bill being pushed on middle class Americans.
When Dutch Ruppersberger voted for this bill and openly supported it he was not only supporting massive tax increases but also more job killing regulations and mandates. Dutch Ruppersberger has solidified himself as another tax and spend congressman.
I do not support this tax increase and think it is insulting to the people of Maryland's 2nd Congressional district that Congressman Ruppersberger is hailing this ruling as a victory. When taxes increase and jobs are lost, nobody wins.
One thing is clear; Every American deserves to receive high-quality care that is affordable, effective, and available. The ACA tax is not the solution.
It will be one of my priorities to repeal these tax increases on the middle class when elected to Congress and replace them with common sense reforms.
Joint Statement from Maryland House Republican Leaders:
House Republican leaders today reacted to the Supreme Court’s ruling that upheld the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“Obviously, the Supreme Court’s ruling is disappointing”, said House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell. “But, it is important to remember the Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate as a tax – something that President Obama has repeatedly denied. Today is the day when work to repeal this tax begins in earnest.”
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the ACA’s individual mandate that Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional based on Congress’ authority to tax. The court also ruled that the federal government cannot compel states to expand their Medicaid programs by withholding funds.
“The cost of ACA is staggering”, said House Minority Whip Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio. “It is not just limited to the federal government either; state budgets could take a massive hit. The one bright spot in this ruling is that states cannot be forced to expand their Medicaid programs. Of course, with Governor O’Malley’s rush to be one of the first states to enact Obamacare, Maryland’s budget may not benefit from this ruling.”
Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the ACA will increase the federal debt by over $500 billion in ten years. When the federal government starts to reduce their share of the subsidies in 2019, Maryland’s already-strained budget will explode.
“In the worst economy in 80 years, with thousands of people out of work, the costs of this bill will mean higher taxes for everyone”, said O’Donnell. “With the burden this will put on our state and federal budgets, you will pay higher taxes even if you buy health insurance. Our citizens’ only hope now is for a change in the White House this fall so this tax can be repealed.”
Senator Alex X. Mooney, Chairman, Maryland Republican Party
Today is undoubtedly a very difficult day for all of us. Many of us hoped mightily that our Supreme Court would recognize that Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Ben Cardin misled the American people when they pledged not to raise taxes on the Middle Class. In the Obamacare decision, the Court affirmed that Obama, Pelosi, and Cardin voted to raise taxes on all Americans at a time when we're losing our homes, our jobs, and our belief in America's future.
It is true that the Supreme Court's role is not to save us from poor political choices. Like it or not, we as Americans elected the current occupants of every position from the White House to Government House. We are represented by the likes of Donna Edwards, and Steny Hoyer in the House of Representatives. Despite the desire of most Americans for healthcare to be between themselves and their doctors, these members not only voted to insert the Federal Government between doctors and patients, but also to raise taxes on those who refuse to comply.
In the Senate, our state is represented by Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski--two native Baltimoreans. When they were born, Baltimore was one of the wealthiest and most prominent cities in our Nation. Today, after decades of Cardin and Mikulski in office, Baltimore is now known for crime, decline, and corruption.
This is why we MUST NOT let ourselves be dismayed by today's events. We must remember that true political power does not exist in the Halls of Congress, or the Chamber of the Supreme Court. True political power is in our hands and it's up to us to use it.
So, with your help, Maryland can be at the forefront of the next American Revolution. We can fan out through our neighborhoods and let people know that electing Mitt Romney, Dan Bongino, Andy Harris, Nancy Jacobs, Eric Knowles, Faith Loudon, Tony O'Donnell, Roscoe Bartlett, Frank Mirabile, and Ken Timmerman--is the first step to a government that is truly of, by, and for the people. We can remind our friends and family how crucial this election will be. We can use Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and any other form of media to help our fellow Marylanders understand that our future will be bright only if we decide what that future will be. Click here to donate $20.12 to the MDGOP to show that Maryland is worth fighting for.
American was born at Yorktown in 1781. Let America be reborn at Annapolis in 2012.