Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the vast majority of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul a "stomach punch to the American economy."
Perry said in a statement Thursday following the ruling that, "This ruling will be a stomach punch to the American economy. It is a shocking disappointment to freedom-loving Americans desperate to get our country back on track. Obamacare is bad for the economy, bad for health care, bad for freedom. Americans have made clear their overwhelming opposition to its convoluted burdensome and overreaching mandates."
He adds that “Freedom was frontally attacked by passage of this monstrosity – and the Court utterly failed in its duty to uphold the Constitutional limits placed on Washington. Now that the Supreme Court has abandoned us, we citizens must take action at every level of government and demand real reform, done with respect for our Constitution and our liberty.”
Texas, among several states that challenged the law, has not yet implemented a health care exchange that would serve as an insurance marketplace for people and businesses to buy coverage.