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St. Louis Lawmakers, Health Officials Respond to Obamacare Decision

Officials are making public statements about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the healthcare law.

, several area legislators and hospital officials have come forward to speak their minds.

Steve Lipstein, president and CEO of BJC Healthcare, which falls under, released a statement Thursday morning:

“Today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling helps to ensure that more people in our country will receive health insurance to assist with their medical needs. BJC HealthCare will continue our focus on making medicine better for the patients and families we serve. As BJC employees, we work every day to improve quality and safety and have long advocated for affordable health care that expands access to needed medical services. We continue to believe that all people living in the United States need the financial protection and security that comes with having health insurance.”

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder vowed to continue to fight for the law.

“Today’s decision underscores the dire importance of pending lawsuits such as my own, the November election and the need for the full repeal of this monstrous tax on Americans," he said. "President Obama and all members of Congress that voted for federal healthcare law have now imposed the largest tax increase on the American people in our history."

While praised victory in the article.

"This is not a political triumph, but a victory for the American people," he said. "Insurance premiums will not increase, and health care costs for all of us will continue to be reined in. Most importantly, tens of millions of Americans will gain health insurance. That is the true victory."

K Smith June 30, 2012 at 05:50 AM
Fellow Florissant Patriots. We must vote out tyranny and Marxism! Let's VOTE FOR ROBYN HAMLIN FOR CONGRESS TO REPLACE LACY CLAY WHO IS LYING TO US THE PEOPLE LIKE OBAMA. COSTS OF PREMIUMS ARE RISING AND THE MIDDLE CLASS ARE THE ONES SUFFERING. BUSINESSES WILL NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO CONTINUE TO PAY FOR THE COVERAGE. ROBYN HAMLIN WILL VOTE TO REPEAL THIS CONTROL OVER US THE PEOPLE AND RETURN FREEDOM TO US. WE DON'T NEED THE GOVERNMENT TELLING US WHAT IS BEST FOR US. WE HAVE A TRUE CHOICE OVER BOTH LACY CLAY AND RUSS CARNAHAN. THAT IS ROBYN HAMLIN FOR CONGRESS!!!!!!
Maria Jansen July 10, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I would like to see fair coverage. Plenty are speaking out on both sides of this issue, yet only one is represented on the Patch. This makes it hard for me to believe the Patch is not just another agenda driven outlet...
Aja J. Junior July 10, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Maria, are you referring to fair coverage of the healthcare issue or pertaining to elections in general. I would like some further clarification.
Angela Atkinson July 10, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Maria, this is just one story. We've covered other perspectives as well. For example, in this Storify (http://florissant.patch.com/articles/supreme-court-upholds-health-reform-laws-declares-obamacare-constitutional) we shared information and opinions on every side of the issue. I'd also encourage you to consider blogging on our Local Voices platform and sharing your opinion on the subject. Hope this helps!
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