U.S. Senator Jim Risch issued the following statement about the Supreme Court's ruling on Obamacare:
"The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare on the basis that it was a tax increase, something the president and Democrats have adamantly denied. The Supreme Court has now ruled that it is a tax increase, underscoring the deception by which this law passed. Those who voted for this, every Democrat in Congress, should join us in repealing this massive tax increase and replace it with a reasonable and understandable plan that reduces costs and allows Americans to choose the health care plan and provider they want.
"Also, the provision of the Supreme Court's decision which prohibits the federal government from forcing the states to expand Medicaid is a major issue. This holding will greatly limit what the law intended to do, which was to provide free health care to an additional 20 to 30 million people. With today's ruling states will be relieved of this burden and the law's primary objective will fail."