Conservatives Freak Out Over Health Care Decision

Reactions from the right’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

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On Thursday morning, the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, is constitutional. Chief Justice John Roberts, whom President Barack Obama voted against confirming to the court when he served in the Senate, was the decisive vote upholding Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment. The other conservatives on the court—including Anthony Kennedy, long considered a swing vote—would have struck down the entire law. Here are some of the highlights (and lowlights) of the right’s response to the big ruling:

Bobby Jindal, the GOP governor of Louisiana:

#Sen. #Marco #Rubio (R-Fla.) #loves #hashtags:

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the head of the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee:

Remember this guy?

What about this guy?

This Breitbart.com guy compares the Obamacare ruling to the Dred Scott decision. No exaggeration!:

Another along the same lines:

This lady launched the whole “Ground Zero mosque” controversy a few years ago (also this):

Joshua Treviño, VP for communications at the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation*, initially thought the Obamacare individual mandate had been struck down:

Here’s Matt Drudge, of the Drudge Report:

Tea Party Patriots, the nation’s biggest tea party group:

Supreme Court Rules Against American People

Tea Party Patriots Will Not Rest until Obamacare is Fully Repealed

Washington, DC – Tea Party Patriots, the nation’s largest tea party organization, today criticized the Supreme Court’s ruling on the President’s healthcare bill.

“The Supreme Court ruled against the American people today,” said Jenny Beth Martin, Co-Founder and National Coordinator of Tea Party Patriots. “The American people overwhelming oppose Obamacare. Now more than ever it is time for the American people to band together and take our government back. Americans agree with what Justice Kennedy said in the dissenting opinion that ‘the entire Act before us is invalid in its entirety.’ We are putting all politicians on notice that we will not rest until this law is overturned it’s in entirety.

“This is a slap in the face to the majority of the American people who want Obamacare fully repealed. The Tea Party Patriots stand with the American people and say: fully repeal Obamacare.

“Mr. Romney, Mr. Boehner: the American people are putting you on notice. You both promised to fully repeal Obamacare. We will hold you to your promises.

“We will vote out any politician who does not commit, in writing, to respect the will of the American people and fully repeal Obamacare.”

And from the left:

*Correction: An earlier version of this post misidentified Joshua Treviño and the TPPF. The text has been corrected.

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