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Bondi, Scott react to health care ruling

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said she was "disappointed" with the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, and said President Obama was not honest with the American people.

Florida Governor Rick Scott also said the ruling was "disappointing," and said he thought the entire law should have been ruled invalid.

Both said the law was upheld based on Congress's taxing authority, and said that wasn't how the law was sold to the American people.

Bondi cited one victory from the ruling.

"All of us who are disappointed with the ultimate outcome today cannot lose sight of what we accomplished. We fought for the principle that the Constitution limits Congress's power to direct the lives of our people, and on that point, we won," she said in a media release.

Bondi said that President Obama sold the health care law by arguing it wouldn't be backed by a tax increase—yet that was the basis for the court ruling upholding the law.  She called the ruling a "sobering lesson" about honesty in politics.

"Before Congress passed his healthcare law, President Obama told us that the insurance requirement was not backed by a tax. And yet, here we are, reading an opinion that upholds the healthcare law on the basis of Congress's taxing power. It amounts to a $4 billion tax on the American people," Bondi said.

Governor Scott called the law "a new tax pure and simple."

"This is just another burden the federal government has put on American families and small businesses," Scott said.

3.85 million state residents are uninsured, or about 21 percent.
 
Governor Scott ordered the state not to accept federal money for implementing the health care law after he took office last year. Florida has rejected or declined to pursue more than $106 million and has returned $4.5 million.

The state has its own health insurance exchanges, mainly for small businesses but without an insurance mandate for individuals. The state has not implemented an exchange that would meet the requirements of the federal law.

Read the full statements here:

ATTORNEY GENERAL PAM BONDI

"All of us who are disappointed with the ultimate outcome today cannot lose sight of what we accomplished. We fought for the principle that the Constitution limits Congress's power to direct the lives of our people, and on that point, we won.

As Chief Justice Roberts wrote in his opinion for the majority: The federal government does not have the power to order people to buy health insurance.

Seven justices agreed with our position that Congress could not force the states to make the unacceptable choice between losing all our Medicaid benefits or accepting a massive, unaffordable expansion of the Medicaid program.

"The most sobering lesson from this ruling is that our republican system of government only works when our leaders are honest with the American people. Before Congress passed his healthcare law, President Obama told us that the insurance requirement was not backed by a tax. And yet, here we are, reading an opinion that upholds the healthcare law on the basis of Congress's taxing power. It amounts to a $4 billion tax on the American people.

In this case, the Constitutions limits on government power did not fail—political accountability failed, because the President and the supporters of this law apparently were not straight with the American people.

The American people will have their say in November, and I am confident that they will join me in rejecting a law that is so harmful to individual liberty, to our economy, and to the welfare of our people."

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT

"Today's decision by the Supreme Court of the United States is simply disappointing. The tax question was repeatedly refuted by members of Congress who helped pass this health care takeover. The Justices have declared that the central provision of ObamaCare is a judicially mandated tax. A new tax pure and simple. This is just another burden the federal government has put on American families and small businesses.

With the national economy struggling to recover, now is not the time to implement a massive social program that injects nothing but uncertainty and doubt into our economic system. By doing so, they have put up yet another major roadblock to efforts to get people back to work and forced the government into the important relationship between patients and their doctors.

I stand with Justice Kennedy that the entire act should have been held invalid."

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