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  • People from Stark County to Washington react to the Supreme Court's ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act — a.k.a. Obamacare.

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  • People from Stark County and beyond react to the Supreme Court's ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act — a.k.a. Obamacare:
    1:10 p.m. Gibbs ready to repeal
    U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville, is ready to repeal the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
    In a statement issued after the Thursday morning U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the law passed in 2010, Gibbs said he was disappointed by the decision and is confident that Ohioans are against the law.
    “Ohioans overwhelmingly supported a ballot initiative that Obamacare is bad for them and bad for the economy,” Gibbs, who represents Ohio’s 7th District, said in his statement. “The Supreme Court today reinforced that Obamacare is in fact a massive tax increase on the American people and I look forward to standing with my fellow Ohioans and repealing Obamacare once and for all.”
    Even though the law was ruled partially constitutional, it doesn’t mean the law is good for the American people, Gibbs said. “Our job creators have been hampered by Obamcare’s endless regulations and taxes, making it expensive and harder to hire new employees.”
    1:05 p.m. Aultman reacts to ruling
    The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act evoked the following reaction from Edward J.  Roth III, president and chief executive officer of the Aultman Health Foundation:
    “Aultman has always supported health reform that provides access to affordable coverage, controls costs and improves value. We will continue to provide high-quality, low-cost access to health care for our community.”
    He added,  “Our community is fortunate to have access to high-quality health care throughout Stark County and that does not change with this decision.”
    1 p.m. Boehner calls for repeal
    “The president’s health care law is hurting our economy by driving up health costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire," said Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio. "Today’s ruling underscores the urgency of repealing this harmful law in its entirety. What Americans want is a common-sense, step-by-step approach to health care reform that will protect Americans’ access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at a lower cost. Republicans stand ready to work with a president who will listen to the people and will not repeat the mistakes that gave our country ObamaCare.”
    12:25 p.m. Obama calls ruling a victory
    President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold his health care overhaul is a “victory for people all over the country” and will make their lives more secure.
    Obama says the decision upholds the fundamental principle that in America — the wealthiest nation on earth — no one should fall into financial ruin because of an illness.
    Page 2 of 4 - The president says the decision means that people with pre-existing medical conditions will not be discriminated against and people will be able to afford quality health care.
    12:10 p.m.: Romney vows to repeal law
    Republican Mitt Romney is promising that he will repeal the federal health care law the Supreme Court just upheld.
    He called the decision incorrect and said Thursday that it is “bad law.” He says it raises taxes and cuts Medicare.
    Romney says that, if elected in November, he will work to repeal and replace the law. But he hasn’t said precisely how.
    As Massachusetts governor, Romney signed into law a measure that required all state residents to have health coverage. That notion was the cornerstone of the law enacted by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats. The high court decided it was constitutional.
    11:40 a.m., DeWine derides ‘Obamacare’ decision
    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today issued the following statement after the United States Supreme Court announced its decision upholding all provisions of the Affordable Care Act:
    “I am disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of Obamacare. It is a matter now that will again be fought in the political arena and will be the pre-eminent issue of the presidential campaign.
    "There is a victory in this case. The Supreme Court did not expand the powers under the Commerce Clause. While I am disappointed in Justice Roberts’ decision, he was the leader in restricting the Commerce Clause, an expansion of which would have been detrimental to our country. If that would have been upheld, it would mean there are no limits to what Congress could compel Americans to purchase.
    “While we lost the battle over Obamacare, we did win the war on the true meaning of the Commerce Clause.”
    11:30 a.m., Betty Sutton says move on
    While Republicans are expressing their dismay with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that upholds the Affordable Care Act, Democrats are having a different reaction.
    “The Supreme Court has spoken, and we need to move forward,” U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton said in a statement issued after the ruling on health care was announced.
    Sutton said it is past time for the two political parties to move forward and face the nation’s major economic problems, which are creating jobs and helping small business grow.
    “While there is still more work to do to lower health care costs for all Americans, Congress needs to get its priorities straight; we will never get ahead unless the focus is on creating jobs and getting our economy back on track,” Sutton said.
    Sutton, D-Copley, currently represents the 13th District. Because redistricting eliminated two of Ohio’s seats on the U.S. House, Sutton is facing U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, in a runoff for the 16th District.
    Page 3 of 4 - 11:20 a.m.: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is pleased by the Supreme Court’s ruling in the health care case, and says it’s time now for Congress to move on to other business.
    The Nevada Democrat says no one believes the law is perfect, but that Democrats have shown they’ll work with Republicans to improve it.
    Reid made his comments in the Senate chamber Thursday, minutes after the Supreme Court upheld the law.
    Reid also is criticizing Republicans, saying GOP lawmakers are more interested in giving power back to insurance companies. He says passing the law is the single greatest step in generations to ensuring affordable health care for people in the United States.
    11:15 a.m., Sisters of Charity CEO (Mercy Medical Center)
    Sister Judith Ann Karam, president and chief executive officer of the Sisters of Charity Health System including Mercy Medical Center, commented today following announcement of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act ruling
    “The Sisters of Charity Health System believes that health care is a fundamental right for all Americans and that families and communities are stronger when everyone has access to quality, affordable health care,” she responded in a written statement. “The leaders of the Sisters of Charity Health System, which includes five Catholic acute-care hospitals in Ohio and South Carolina, are carefully reviewing the ruling handed down today by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
    “The Affordable Care Act has made a major difference for many hard-working Americans who have obtained needed care and greater health security. The Sisters of Charity Health System and other leaders in Catholic health care continue to support protecting human dignity by expanding coverage and access while taking concrete steps to improve quality and lower costs.
    “The Sisters of Charity Health System, inspired by the healing ministry of Jesus, will continue to advocate for increasing health coverage and access while protecting the dignity of life. Our hospitals will continue to be leaders in offering high quality care for all. And, we will continue to urge lawmakers to work with hospital and provider communities to ensure strong reimbursement for providers and sound health care delivery system changes.
    “We will, in collaboration with the Church and health-care community, thoroughly review the ruling handed down today to determine our path toward good implementation of the Affordable Care Act.”
    11:10 a.m.: Portman says let's fix it
    After the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, called for the federal government to make changes in the “flawed policy.”
    “It's time to change course and focus on growing jobs, instead of growing government,” Portman said in a statement issued by his office.
    Page 4 of 4 - He contends the law, better known as Obamacare, is “increasing premiums on families by $2,100 per year, increasing the deficit by billions of dollars, and killing thousands of jobs through billions of dollars in new taxes.”
    Portman called the law flawed and unaffordable. “The President’s one-size-fits-all health care spending law is the centerpiece of a failed agenda that has increased economic uncertainty, stalled job creation, and deepened the spending hole that Washington has dug.”
    There are better ways to improve the health care system without the heavy hand of government and new taxes, Portman said. “I’m hopeful the President will be willing to work with Republicans and Democrats alike on patient centered health care that actually reduces costs and expands access,” Portman said.
    10:45 a.m.: Renacci says Court got it wrong
    U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci believes the U.S. Supreme Court got it wrong on the Affordable Care Act.
    Within minutes of the court announcement upholding the law, better known as Obamacare, Renacci issued a statement saying he is “very disappointed that the Supreme Court failed to strike down the massive health care overhaul which is ineffective and opposed by a majority of Americans.”
    Renacci, a Republican from Wadsworth who represents Ohio’s 16th District, said the court’s ruling doesn’t negate the fact that the law “has raised taxes, gutted Medicare, increased premiums, added burdensome regulations, and substantially increased the cost of health care for American families.”
    It’s important to remember, Renacci said, that Congress still can overturn the law and replace it “with legislation that both increases consumer freedom and lowers health care costs — two things the President’s law has proven to be incapable of doing.”