Repulicans Senators from the General Assembly, including Majority Leader Thomas K. "Tommy" Norment, R-James City County, issued the following responses Thursday to the U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 decision to uphold President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act:
“The decision of the Supreme Court to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a painful setback for individual liberty and federalism,” remarked Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr., R-James City County. “Today’s decision serves as a reminder that essential change must ultimately be achieved through the ballot box.
“The decision increases the importance of Virginia in this year’s elections. If Virginia votes for Mitt Romney for President and sends George Allen to the United States Senate, the chances of repealing this onerous overreach by the federal government increase exponentially.”
“The Supreme Court decision makes it clear that Obamacare is a great big onerous tax on the people of America,” noted Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan T. McDougle, R-Hanover. “Today’s actions by the Supreme Court make it clear that the only sure way to repeal Obamacare is to elect leaders who are committed to doing so. It was important that Virginia vote for Mitt Romney and George Allen before today’s decision; now, it is imperative that we do so. A Republican President and a Republican majority in the United States Senate – working with House Republicans led by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) - will provide the essential change we need to revitalize our national economy, restore liberty, and eliminate this crippling tax.”