Weinberg, Christie React to Supreme Court Ruling on Healthcare Law

State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg calls court decision "a huge win for the American people."

State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, a Democrat, and Republican Gov. Chris Christie responded Thursday to the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold parts of the Affordable Care Act, known as "Obamacare." 

In a . The court upheld the requirement that every American purchase health insurance or else pay a penalty, as a tax decision and upheld it on those grounds.

The governor in May vetoed a bill to create a health exchange in New Jersey where small businesses and the uninsured could shop for lower cost coverage. Christie said at the time he wanted to wait for the Supreme Court’s ruling.


Weinberg issued the following statement: 

“This is a huge win for the President, and a huge win for the American people.  By affirming the constitutionality of the ACA, the Supreme Court has sided with responsible public policy which would put health care within reach for all people – regardless of race, gender, creed, income, or pre-existing conditions.

“With today’s decision from the Supreme Court, we can finally put to rest any questions regarding the constitutionality of federal health care reform, and can begin the process of implementing these wide-reaching reforms for the people of New Jersey.  I urge the Governor to work with Legislative Democrats to quickly implement laws that put New Jersey in compliance with the provisions of the ACA, so that New Jersey can be positioned to take advantage of new federal funding sources designed to boost health care access in the Garden State and around the country.

“It’s time to get to work.”


Christie's response to the ruling is below: 

“I’ve been clear from the very beginning that I do not believe a one-size-fits-all health care program works for the entire country and that each governor should have the ability to make decisions about what works best for their state. Today’s Supreme Court decision is disappointing and I still believe this is the wrong approach for the people of New Jersey who should be able to make their own judgments about health care. Most importantly, the Supreme Court is confirming what we knew all along about this law – it is a tax on middle class Americans.”


Diane Schwarz June 29, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Yay! Yay! Hooray! It IS a tax on those who choose NOT to opt for health insurance, rather than the tax we ALL pay now, when those without insurance go to Emergency Rooms for ordinary health care! Do we allow drivers to choose if they want Auto Insurance?
Doris Thurber June 29, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Yay, Diane! And furthermore, what Christie had been clear about from the very beginning was that he was fine with the abhorrent situation of insured and under-insured New Jerseyans at the mercy of the companies who paid more attention to their profits than to the needs of those whom they insured, and when he had the chance to address the uninsured, he failed to put forth a plan as such a governor who believes he "should have the ability to make decisions about what works best for their state" ought to have.
dolorese ricciuti June 29, 2012 at 08:34 PM
i am75rys old and i am only $16.00 above the poverty leaval. $100.00 has been tacken from my ss the only income i have as a pently for not buying a health plan which would cost me more than the 20% which i now pay. every insurance i have looked into would cost me $10.00 to $50.00 a visit and should i need hospitalization i have to come up with $2,500.00 before i could be amited. i live month to month on ss only. i hav e no way to save money. it takes all my ss every penny to pay living expences that $2,500.00 i would for hospital is for 7 days and we all know today your out by the 5th or 6 day today.so that $250.00 amonth i would pay be paying would go into the insurance companys pockets.i get nothing from the payments i would be paying monthy. this is so wrong. ishould not have to give our goverment 100.00 because i can't pay for insurance they took my money with out any notice that i worked to pay for my retirnent. what happened toour freedom of choice. we seem to be losing more an more with each prisdent giving our money to all the wrong people and we are loosing all our freedem of choice. seems we have no say goverment can do what ever they want and feel thay don't have to answer to us. americas are getting more and more angry wathing our money being wasted.
John Santaella June 29, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Chris, get over it. You don't care if the lower income people in this state have medical coverage. Now sit down with Loretta and work something out. Stop being such a crybaby if you don't get your way.
Stacy June 30, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Hey all- this "reform" is the worst thing to happen to ou conuntry since 911. It will LIMIT health care to people. First this tax on those who wont pay-- hoe are yu going to fine Jose in Newark is he does not pay-- take away his cigarette? Also the premiums will be higher and out of network benefits will go. SO you will be stuck seeing a doctor who likely did not train in the US-- the well trained docs are not going to see people where it COSTS them money to treat. If you are poor as the woman above-- you will now be DENIED specific care if it is not cost effective. This BS bill sets ups a thing called "comparative research effectiveness" panels--they are not docs o nurses but INSURANCE people who will decide if a treatment is cost effective. So if you have a bad disease...you may not get the same treatment that a more wealthy individual will get. PLEASE PEOPLE DONT LISTEN TO THESE PARTY LINE DEMOCRATS -- this is the worst thing for America and Obama knows it. That is the true tragedy.
Rick June 30, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Stacy you are wildly misinformed about what's really in the ACA, and your comment about "Jose in Newark" just comes across as bigoted on top of ignorant. A fair minded person can find grounds for disagreeing with certain aspects of the ACA, but on the whole this is good for most Americans. Keeping kids on their parents' insurance until the age of 26 is good. Community rating is good. No more inability to get insurance if you have a preexisting condition - that's good too. I hope you can find some peace in your life, and love in your heart for your fellow man. Obama is not your enemy, the people who are filling you with hate are.
Chachi July 03, 2012 at 05:50 PM
More enabling. Keeping 'kids' on insurance until they are 26 is one more reason why they shouldn't grow up. We have an entire culture, three generations deep, that live off of the government dole, many by choice. How about workfare
shimon baum July 03, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Do people not realize that most people are not considered kids after 21 or should I not point that out. Of course getting a job to get medical insurance instead of relying on your parents wouldn't make sense at all.
zizi July 03, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Why stop at 26? why not 62? I really don't understand......


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