The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

June 28, 2012

Kelly digs in; Eaton says time to move on

The Herald

MERCER COUNTY — The Supreme Court opinion that found Obamacare meets Constitutional muster did nothing to convince one of the health care reform law’s leading critics that is anything but bad news for America.

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, Butler, said he was disappointed with the court’s decision but he was confident that “the American people, who want this law repealed, will continue to voice their opposition,” according to a statement released by his office.

“Today, the United States Supreme Court spoke. On November 6, the American people will have their chance to speak,” the Third District Republican said.

Missa Eaton, the Sharon Democrat who’s running against Kelly, said in a blog post the court’s decision was an example of “bi-partisan cooperation” that displayed the “best aspects of America.”

Eaton said Kelly and other Obamacare foes should accept the ruling. Calls for repeal, she said, are “an incredible waste of time.”

The high court’s decision clearly won’t be the end of health care as a political issue. It was a big part of Kelly’s campaign two years ago when he defeated Kathy Dahlkemper -- a key sponsor of the provision allowing people to remain on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26 -- and one his first House votes was to repeal the law, which he continued to criticize Thursday.

“I believe Americans should have the freedom to make their own health care decisions. The president’s health care law takes away that freedom, forcing millions of Americans onto government-provided, European-style health care,” Kelly said.

Eaton ticked off benefits of the law, known officially as the Affordable Care Act, including rules barring insurers from canceling sick people’s policies, preventive care coverage, lifting lifetime coverage limits and prescription discounts for seniors.

“There will be many more benefits of the ACA in the coming years as the number of people who have health insurance is expanded and the cost is reduced,” she said.

“Sadly, Mike Kelly will probably join with other extreme members of the Tea Party in Washington D.C. and begin to call for repeal of the ACA,” she said.

“That will be an incredible waste of time because what we should all be focusing on now is creating jobs for the future and stopping federal policies that continue to send Pennsylvania jobs to Mexico, China and India.”

Kelly singled out the court’s finding that the individual mandate requiring everyone to be insured was a tax as a particular point of “outrage” that indicated President Obama misled the public when he argued the mandate wasn’t a tax.