Republican opponents Jeff Leach and Jon Cole each issued separate statements Thursday following the Supreme Court's 5-4 vote to uphold President Obama's health care plan.
Both were submitted to TSB, which has reprinted them in total below:
FROM JEFF LEACH
The Supreme Court’s decision to substantially uphold ObamaCare is an unprecedented expansion of federal power. Despite what the liberals may say, make no mistake that ObamaCare will have disastrous impacts nationwide, resulting in tremendous financial burdens on individuals, businesses and families and shocking violations of our freedoms meant to be protected by the Constitution.
This holding must be a wake up call, a rallying cry and a call to arms for freedom-loving Americans. In 2012, it is critical that we elect true, constitutional Conservatives who are committed to reining in the size and scope of government at every level, starting with repealing ObamaCare in its entirety.
FROM JON COLE
Today, the 2012 election became so much more important.
The Supreme Court in a divided opinion, upheld Obamacare. It is regrettable that fifth justice did not join the four dissenters who wrote what I believe is constitutionally correct: "In our view, the entire Act before us is invalid in its entirety."
But Obamacare was upheld, with the exception of the federal government's power to terminate states' Medicaid funds. The individual mandate survived as what we conservatives knew what it was all long: an Obama healthcare tax on the middle class.
It is up to us as Conservatives and Americans to repeal and replace Obamacare and the Obama Healthcare Tax.
Conservatives must unite behind leaders that will work to end Obamacare through legislative action at the federal and state levels. At the state level, we must exercise the powers given to us under the Tenth Amendment and fight the remaining provisions.
As I have said before, Obamacare will bankrupt Texas. Adding the massive amounts of new recipients to our Medicaid rolls would cost us money that we do not have. Here is the good news for Texas (from the opinion):"What Congress is not free to do is to penalize States that choose not to participate in that new program by taking away their existing Medicaid funding."
If I’m honored to represent District 67 in the Texas House, I promise to fight Obamacare in every way possible, to fight for our Constitution using every tool in the shed, and stand strong for the Tenth Amendment against an overreaching Federal Government.