Reactions from Virginia politicians are pouring in about the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the central component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Here’s a sampling:

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R):

“I am very disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of Obamacare. It was my belief that the President and Congress overstepped their constitutional authority in requiring American citizens to purchase a product like health insurance, and I am disappointed that the Supreme Court reached a different conclusion.  However, the court’s decision does not change the fact that Obamacare is bad policy. Obamacare is too costly and we cannot afford it.  In addition, Obamacare increases the cost of doing business and makes it harder for American businesses to hire workers.  Finally, Obamacare limits American’s health care choices and intrudes on the doctor-patient relationship.”

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.):

“The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold ObamaCare is a crushing blow to patients throughout the country. ObamaCare has failed to keep the President’s basic promise of allowing those who like their health care to keep it, while increasing costs and reducing access to quality care for patients. In this tough economy, jobs and economic growth are on the minds of most Americans, but ObamaCare has increased uncertainty for small businessmen and women and forced them to put their hiring decisions on hold.”

House William J. Howell (R-Stafford) :

‘I was very disappointed to hear of the Supreme Court's decision today that the individual mandate and the PPACA at large are constitutional. Republicans in Virginia have been among the most vocal opponents of President Obama's healthcare law, which will cost an estimated $1.76 trillion over the next ten years, a truly unaffordable cost with the national deficit already precariously high." 

Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment (R-James City):

“The decision of the Supreme Court to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a painful setback for individual liberty and federalism. Today’s decision serves as a reminder that essential change must be achieves though the ballot box.”

House Minority Leader David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)

“This historic decision provides that more Virginians have access to necessary health care. The Affordable Care Act provides greater access while attacking the growing cost of medical care in the United States.”