State Senator Paul Gazelka (R-Brainerd) released the following statement today in light of the United States Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act.

“I am disappointed in ruling today by the United States Supreme Court. For the first time in our nation’s history, the Supreme Court has given Congress the power to levy a tax on a human being simply for being alive."

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"Previously, it was an action that generated a response. A person purchasing a specific good or service was penalized in the form of a tax. The affirmation of this mandate penalizes any breathing U.S. citizen for choosing not to buy something."

"What the Court has said is that we no longer have the freedom to choose not to buy health insurance."

"This finding by the United States Supreme Court has upheld the massive overreach which the federal government took in 2009 when Congress passed the Affordable Care Act."

"If the federal government can now dictate what we must buy, they can then also dictate the terms."

"This has always been a political problem and will require a political solution. “