Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) on Thursday railed against President Obama and the Supreme Court after the justices upheld the subsidies provided through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“Today’s decision does not change the fact that Obamacare is a socialist takeover of health care forced down the throats of the American people without proper review, and it does not slow the massive and unprecedented transfer of wealth that is at the heart of the subsidy system,” Bryant said in a statement.
“Make no mistake—Obamacare is not about helping those in need or improving health care delivery,” he continued. “It is about destabilizing our health care system, ceding more control to centralized government and replacing individual liberty with government dependence.”
Bryant mentioned that Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal justices again to uphold a portion of Obamacare.
“It is incredibly troubling to me that a majority of United States Supreme Court justices—including, again, the Chief Justice—have found yet another way to uphold a portion of this disastrous law,” he said. “Those who voted in the majority have set a dangerous precedent of blatantly disregarding the plain language of a bill as enacted by Congress.”
Mississippi did not set up its own exchange, and if the court had ruled the other way, subsidies for Mississippi residents who purchased their health plans through the federal exchange would have been in jeopardy. Bryant indicated that he did not regret his decision to resist establishing a state exchange.
“Mississippi was right, as were numerous other states, not to willingly entrench Obamacare by establishing a state-based exchange, and I will continue to resist any efforts that attempt to shove Obamacare deeper into this state,” he said in his Thursday statement.