Dissenters sounded off with displeasure and anger over the Supreme Court’s ruling that upheld the provision at the heart of the controversial Affordable Care Act. At least in the initial rounds, however, any anti-court backlash was limited.
“While I’m disappointed in their decision, they came to a decision. I respect it,” said House Speaker John Boehner (photo), a Republican, according to a report in The Hill.
Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell focused on what comes next. “The court’s ruling doesn’t mark the end of the debate. It marks a fresh start on the road to repeal,” he vowed, according to an Associated Press article.
Ben Shapiro, a brietbart.com columnist, likened the ruling to the Dred Scott decision.”This is the greatest destruction of individual liberty since Dred Scott. This is the end of America as we know it. No exaggeration,” he tweeted, the International Business Times said.
There were only limited calls for action directed at the court.
“I think it’s important to look at Justice [Elena] Kagan for potential impeachment,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, a Slate article reported. He questioned whether President Obama’s former Solicitor General had ”lied in order to get on the court,” the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said.
In Michigan, the Toronto Star reported, former Republican Party spokesman Matthew Davis sent out a news release with the headline, “Is Armed Rebellion Now Justified?” Davis said he wasn’t actually calling for violence, according to MichiganCapitolConfidential.com.