Congressional candidates in the 4th and 9th districts were split along party lines Thursday in their reactions to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act.
For many of the Republicans seeking to gain a seat on Capital Hill, the 5-4 ruling in favor of the act is a misdirected decision by the court. It’s a decision they also vowed to repeal if elected.
“I respect the rule of law in our country, and I, therefore, have respect for the opinion of the Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as ‘Obamacare.’ However, I also respectfully disagree that Obamacare is the right way to reform health care in our nation.
“If I am elected to Congress, I look forward to joining together with other, like-minded representatives to repeal Obamacare. I will also join with my colleagues to find smart solutions to the health care issues we still face as a nation, things such as tort reform to control costs and allowing people to purchase health insurance plans across state lines,” said 9th District Republican candidate Adam Chaprales.
While also calling for the act to be repealed, 4th District Republican Elizabeth Childs offered a series of suggestions for retooling the act “to create a workable, bipartisan health care solution for all Americans.” Among Childs’ suggestions is giving states the ability to create health care programs. Having aided in the creation of Massachusetts’ plan while serving as the state’s commissioner of mental health under Gov. Mitt Romney, Childs said she recognized not all aspects of the commonwealth’s plan would work for every state.
Stronger language came from Childs’ Republican competitor David Steinhof, who said the ruling is the latest step toward turning the country into a socialist state.
“Mark my words, the president, if not stopped by you and me, right now, will not hesitate to use any tool at his disposal, including our own military, on the people of the United States,” Steinhof said. “For history has shown that government abuses of religion, health care and the printing of currency with total impunity are the first signs of a budding tyranny.
“The abuses never happen all at once. But if the American people continue to accept abuses against our Constitution, we will once again face tyranny full-blown.”
Also running for the 4th District, Republican Sean Bielat said real health care
reform is needed and voiced concern the current act will limit economic development within the medical industry.