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Reactions to SCOTUS ruling on Obamacare roll in

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Here’s what we have so far. More as they come in, and a Twitter feed below:

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Ks.: “The Supreme Court’s decision today does not take away from the fact the Obamacare is fundamentally broken and that the administration has recklessly implemented this law, damaging our health care system as a whole and jeopardizing Kansans’ health care.”

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.: “While I’m disappointed that the Court didn’t ultimately accept what the law actually said, I'll keep fighting to protect Missourians from the president’s flawed health care plan and replace it with a patient-centered system that lowers costs, increases choices, and provides greater access to quality care.”

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., in a tweet: “Supreme Court decision on healthcare law=common sense. Time for Rs to stop the bashing and start working w/us to make it better.”

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo.: “The Supreme Court has said it again and again: The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. Today’s decision saves lives. The ACA is helping millions of Americans focus on their families, jobs, and quality of life, instead of worrying about what will happen if they and their family members get hurt or sick.”

Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo.: “I strongly disagree with today's ruling, but it does not change my resolve to fully repeal Obamacare. The president’s health care law has led to higher costs, fewer jobs, and tremendous uncertainty for families and small businesses.”

Gov. Jay Nixon, D-Mo.: “Today’s ruling is good news for hundreds of thousands of working Missourians who will continue to have access to affordable health coverage through the federal exchange. However, it is important to note that there are hundreds of thousands more Missourians who continue to be denied access to affordable health care due to the Missouri legislature’s inaction on Medicaid.”

Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Ks.: “Today’s disappointing decision does not change the hardships that folks around Kansas and across the nation are facing as they continue to deal with the uncertainty and failed promises of the President’s broken healthcare law.”

Brenda Sharpe, REACH Foundation: “The United States Supreme Court’s ruling means that 70,000 residents in the Kansas City metropolitan area who qualified for tax credits to purchase health coverage will continue to receive that financial assistance, enabling them to maintain coverage for themselves and their families. These federal subsidies have helped thousands of Kansas and Missouri residents obtain health insurance – many for the first time.”

Jen Bersdale, Missouri Health Care for All: “Today, the Court did the right thing by upholding these discounts for the families who have come to rely on them. We encourage Missourians who have not yet visited the Health Insurance Marketplace for affordable health insurance to do so when Open Enrollment begins again this fall.”

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Ks.: “Without the Supreme Court to bail out Congress, it is now time to act. For four years, we have waited, begged and pleaded for Republican leadership to allow us to debate and pass a patient-centered replacement. Now is the time to act — now is the time to keep our word to the American people.”

RNC chairman Reince Priebus: “Today’s ruling makes it clear that if we want to fix our broken healthcare system, then we will need to elect a Republican president with proven ideas and real solutions that will help American families.”

Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas: “Today’s Supreme Court ruling helps ensure that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas can continue to provide Kansans the security and stability that they have come to expect from their locally-owned and operated health insurance company.”

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