Update 2: You can now read the Supreme Court’s decision for yourself. (It’s 193 pages long.)
And if you haven’t noticed, we’re posting incoming statements from elected officials in separate posts while keeping this one pegged to the top of the page.
The United States Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as the Republicans call it, this morning.
Use this thread to weigh in with your thoughts and comments on the decision.
We’ll also update the blog throughout the day with news and response statements by western Virginia’s elected officials.
HERE’S WHO WE HAVE STATEMENTS FROM SO FAR:
* President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
* Gov. Bob McDonnell: Ruling is “a blow to freedom”
* Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling: “Up to American people to stop Obamacare”
* Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli: “Dark day for liberty,” invokes King George III
* Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, take 2: Some “silver linings” for conservatives
* U.S. Sen. Mark Warner: Now let’s look for ways to contain health care costs
* Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County: Power to tax is power to destroy
* Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem: Ruling “depressing,” but can be defeated at ballot box
* Rep. Robert Hurt, R-Chatham: Ruling disappointing, law should be repealed
* George Allen, Republican candidate for Senate: Ruling reinforces what’s at stake in this election
* Tim Kaine, Democratic candidate for Senate: Law curbs discriminatory insurance company practices
* John Douglass, Democratic candidate for 5th District: Law can be improved
* Anthony Flaccavento, Democratic candidate for 9th District: “an important step in the right direction”