Michigan's Reps and Senators React To Supreme Court Ruling On Health Care

The state's representatives in Washington and Lansing were quick to issue statements on the U.S. Supreme Courtdecision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Grand Rapids, in a post on his Facebook page, chose to point out what he called a "silver lining" in the decision: "The Court decided that the individual mandate is a tax, which means Pres. Obama and the Democrats are responsible for one of the largest tax increases on Americans in history."

The court decision said the law stands not based on the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution that allows Congress to regulate interstate commerce but because of the right of Congress to levy taxes.

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., saw the ruling as "an important step toward universal health care coverage."

"I believe Americans will broadly support today’s decision, and that they will reject Republican attempts, already announced, to deprive Americans of the protections of the Affordable Care Act by repealing it," he said in a statement.

Repeal was on the mind of Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Holland. "The next step forward for House Republicans and America will be full repeal of the President's health care law," he said in a statement on his web site. He called the court decision a "a stunning blow to both individual liberty and limited government."

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., focused on other medical care paid for by federal programs. "Now we must continue to keep patients in charge of their own health decisions by stopping those in Congress seeking to end Medicare as we know it," she said in an online statement.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder also weighed in with a short release: "“While I may not agree with everything in the law, now that the Supreme Court has essentially upheld the Act, we must act quickly to avoid an undue burden on Michigan residents and job providers."