Not surprisingly, conservatives were upset on Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the individual mandate in President Barack Obama’s health care law was constitutional in a 5-4 decision. Republicans reacted to the ruling by vowing — once again — to repeal all of the Affordable Care Act. Some said the law should be repealed because it was bad public policy, while others offered a less sober assessment of the reforms’ impact.
Below are the top six over-the-top reactions to the ruling:
Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN): Obamacare is like 9/11
The Indiana congressman, who’s currently seeking Indiana’s governorship, compared Democrat’s health care reform to the September 11 terror attacks during a closed-door meeting of House Republicans. He was quick to apologize.
“My remarks at the Republican Conference following the Supreme Court decision were thoughtless,” he reportedly told Politico. “I certainly did not intend to minimize any tragedy our nation has faced and I apologize.”
Former spokesman for the Michigan Republican Party: Maybe now is a good time for an armed rebellion?
Matthew Davis, the former spokesman for the Michigan Republican Party, sent out an email wondering if Americans would be justified in overthrowing their government because of the Affordable Care Act.
“There are times government has to do things to get what it wants and holds a gun to your head,” he wrote. “I’m saying at some point, we have to ask the question when do we turn that gun around and say no and resist.”
“If government can mandate that I pay for something I don’t want, then what is beyond its power? If the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday paves the way for unprecedented intrusion into personal decisions, then has the Republic all but ceased to exist? If so, then is armed rebellion today justified?”
Rep. Todd Akins (R-MO): Pray to God to repeal stage three cancer of socialism called Obamacare
“The Supreme Court decision on Obamacare today adds a whole new perspective to that phrase hope and change,” Akins said in a video uploaded to YouTube. “We hope for change. America has been subjected now to the stage three cancer of socialism and exhibit one is the take over of one sixth of our economy through Obamacare.”
He went on to say that the government should protect freedom and not destroy it, and that the president should be a servant and not a dictator. “And so, we look to God and we pray for hope — hope in a real change,” Akins concluded.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: Obama’s killing freedom
The former vice presidential candidate, who infamously claimed the Affordable Care Act created “death panels,” was predictably upset that the Supreme Court upheld the grandma-euthanizing law.
“Obama lied to the American people. Again. He said it wasn’t a tax. Obama lies; freedom dies,” she tweeted.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX): Americans don’t deserve freedom and liberty unless they impeach all the liars
Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert was not too happy that the Obama administration had claimed that the fee for those who failed to purchases health insurance was not a tax, but then argued in front of the Supreme Court that it was.
“When in the course of human events it becomes clear that you have people who will not follow the law, it’s time to use orderly methods, set forward in the Constitution, to remove them from their offices, and get people who will abide by their oaths!” he said outside the Supreme Court. “Who will not have the Supreme Court saying, of course they’re liars!
“We should have known they were lying! We know it at the Supreme Court and so we are going to support the liars that a majority of American’s put into office. And if America doesn’t wake up and replace all of those who lied to them to get this bill passed, then shame on us! We don’t deserve the greatest nation of freedom and liberty that was ever given to a people. It’s time that we paid the price to preserve this gift we were given. God bless us.”
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson: Nominate Fox hosts to the Supreme Court!
The former governor of New Mexico noted that Mitt Romney had vowed to appoint Supreme Court justices like conservative Chief Justice John Roberts — who voted along with the court’s four liberal justices to uphold the Affordable Care Act in its entirety. Johnson has a better idea for who to nominate: former Fox Business host and senior judicial analyst for Fox News Channel Judge Andrew Napolitano.
“If #Romney is elected, says he would give us #SCOTUS Justices like John Roberts. I will give us Justices like @Judgenap. #RonPaul #tlot” he tweeted.