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Reaction from Oklahoma Leaders (Jun 28, 2012)
Oklahoma's legislative and executive leaders weigh in on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Governor Mary Fallin: “I’m extremely disappointed and frustrated by the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the federal health care law. President Obama’s health care policies will limit patients’ health care choices, reduce the quality of health care in the United States, and will cost the state of Oklahoma more than a half billion dollars in the process."

House Speaker Kris Steele (R-Shawnee): "This was a deeply divided opinion, with the dissenting justices explaining precisely why Oklahoma has opposed this law from the beginning. The constitutional concerns that led Oklahoma to tread carefully with policy decisions on all elements of this law – big and small – have proven valid, given the narrowly split opinion. Our best hope now is to elect those willing to repeal this law and work together to find better solutions to the significant health care challenges faced by our state and nation.”

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK4): "Although the Supreme Court ruled very narrowly that [The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act] does not violate the Constitution, it remains a deeply flawed, unworkable and damaging law. Overwhelming evidence continues to show that the law will raise insurance costs, decrease health care access, force millions of Americans into government-run health care and hurt the economy. The American people can rest assured that congressional Republicans are committed to repealing this dangerous law and replacing it with sensible reforms."

State Rep. Mike Ritze (R-Broken Arrow): “I am going to continue my efforts to pass legislation in Oklahoma to nullify the law in our state. There is a conservative approach to fixing the system, which is to remove the government intervention already in place that has kept it from being a truly free market system.”

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn issued a statement through his spokesman John Hart that the state's junior Republican is reviewing the ruling and will respond with an updated plan to repeal and replace the law.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe: “I am disappointed that the court has upheld the individual mandate as a tax. By ruling it a tax, I suspect that this issue will come up again in 2015 when that portion of the law goes into effect. In the meantime, even though President Obama said in 2009 that this is ‘absolutely not a tax increase,’ it turns out that Obama and the Democrats have levied an enormous tax increase on the middle and lower classes. The individual mandate will cost Americans the greater of a per-person flat fee or percentage of the household’s income."

U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK3): “I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to fully repeal the law and enact reforms to our nation’s health care system that protect Americans’ access to health care. We need to refocus our efforts to make efficient and cost effective changes to the system, while also ensuring health care treatments are never rationed by government officials.”

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