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:
Obama lied to the American people. Again. He said it wasn’t a tax. Obama lies; freedom dies.
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) June 28, 2012
— Michele Bachmann (@TeamBachmann) June 28, 2012
Bobby Jindal, the GOP governor of Louisiana:
Today’s decision is a blow to our freedoms.
— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) June 28, 2012
#Sen. #Marco #Rubio (R-Fla.) #loves #hashtags:
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 28, 2012
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the head of the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee:
— JohnCornyn (@JohnCornyn) June 28, 2012
Remember this guy?
#SCOTUS outcome is major setback for freedom & biggest permanent tax increase in our nation’s history. Elections matter.
— Rick Santorum (@RickSantorum) June 28, 2012
What about this guy?
SC declares that Congress and the Prez can force upon the American people anything they want and call it a tax buff.ly/QrZ29W
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 28, 2012
This Breitbart.com guy compares the Obamacare ruling to the Dred Scott decision. No exaggeration!:
This is the greatest destruction of individual liberty since Dred Scott. This is the end of America as we know it. No exaggeration.
— benshapiro (@benshapiro) June 28, 2012
Another along the same lines:
Just remember: SCOTUS upheld slavery, too.
— Michael Q Sullivan (@mqsullivan) June 28, 2012
Obama yappin’ again-why aren’t there any American flags in the frame? Typical The flag to Obama is like the siver cross to Dracula #obamatax
— Pamela Geller (@pamelageller) June 28, 2012
Joshua Treviño, VP for communications at the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation*, initially thought the Obamacare individual mandate had been struck down:
Nope, sorry, America loses. RT @jstrevino: America wins.
— Joshua Treviño (@jstrevino) June 28, 2012
Here’s Matt Drudge, of the Drudge Report:
Best thing that could have happened for media, republicans. Super UGLY election coming. Everyone vs. everyone.Mine vs yours. Freedom vs..
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) June 28, 2012
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:
Can’t wait to sit on a death panel!
— Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) June 28, 2012
*Correction: An earlier version of this post misidentified Joshua Treviño and the TPPF. The text has been corrected.