Harford County Reacts to Decision to Uphold Health Care Law

The Supreme Court voted Thursday to uphold the Affordable Care Act.

UPDATED (4:30 p.m.)—State Senator Nancy Jacobs said  shakes Harford County to its core.

"It is a diverse area. If you look at this county, I believe this county is built on a bedrock of small businesses," Jacobs said in a phone interview with Patch Thursday. "I truly believe this is a great county and we have hundreds of small businesses under 50 employees, and this is going to hurt every single one of them that wants to expand."

Video: See what Harford County residents and workers had to say.

Glen Glass was fed up.

The for District 34A in Harford County said he thinks his constituents will be up in arms, too, following that requires the purchase of insurance as a tax.

"I think most of the people in my district will be pretty upset with this. I don’t think they want the federal government telling them what to do," Glass said in a phone interview with Patch Thursday morning. "I thought we were free as Americans, but it doesn’t look like it anymore."

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"I’m sick and tired of the federal government—they want to take more and more of our freedom and our liberty. And I have a problem with that," Glass said.

went on to say the ruling likely would stir up the republican base, potentially giving conservative presidential candidate Mitt Romney a wave of support.

"Our economy has gotten worse ever since President Obama took over. Now, if people, the citizens of Harford County choose not to buy health insurance, they’ll be penalized $2,500 in the worst economy of our lifetime."

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In an email from a spokesman Thursday morning, Harford County Executive David Craig declined comment, but issued a statement at the end of business that same day.

"Just because a law is deemed to be constitutional does not mean it is good policy," Craig said in the released statement.

The statement went on to say, "Obamacare represents another step in the unraveling of the personal freedoms that our Founding Fathers fought to preserve. While proponents hail this legislation as providing greater accessibility, the fact is that it provides more access to less – less personal choice, fewer resources, and lower quality care."

Jacobs, also a Republican nominee for Congress in District 2, wrote in a release: "Time and time again we were told that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would not be a tax increase. However, today’s Supreme Court ruling told us what we already knew; the ACA is another massive tax bill being pushed on middle class Americans."

She said Democratic Congressman C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger—the incumbent in the seat for which Jacobs is running—"voted for this bill and openly supported it."

Jacobs added: "It will be one of my priorities to repeal these tax increases on the middle class when elected to Congress and replace them with common sense reforms." 

In a release, Ruppersberger said: "This ruling is not about a victory for Democrats or a loss for Republicans. It’s about providing all Americans with access to quality, affordable healthcare."

Gov. Martin O'Malley released a joint statement with Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown:

“President Obama and Congress chose to pass the Affordable Care Act because the status quo was hurting our ability to create jobs, expand opportunity, and protect the health of our children and parents.

“In upholding the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court chose to protect the lives of millions of Marylanders and millions of Americans. American businesses will be more competitive in the global economy with lower health care costs and a healthier workforce. Parents will be able to keep their children on their health care plans until age 26. Seniors will avoid the Medicare Donut Hole. And by 2014, no American will be denied health care coverage because of a pre-existing condition. 

“Today’s decision gives considerable momentum to our health care reform efforts here in Maryland. What it does not – and indeed must not – do, is give us license to take our eye off the ball or slow our progress. Moms, dads, and kids throughout Maryland are counting on their elected leaders to continue the mission of lowering costs, and improving the quality of care. 

“We remain as committed as ever to moving forward on behalf of our families. We must move forward, not back.”

President Obama is expected to make an address at 12:15 p.m. Thursday.

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The ruling immediately impacted the stock market, and prompted religious reaction.

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Lawrence Adams June 28, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Glass can go to HELL!!!
Patrick McGrady June 28, 2012 at 05:48 PM
The politicians in Harford County are hardly "Harford County" speaking. This ruling has huge implications for the role of government in our lives. I look forward to seeing the repeal of Obamacare after the election this November, and I hope this ruling will inspire people to pick up a copy of the Constitution to see that healthcare is nowhere listed in the enumerated powers of Congress.
Heather Smith June 28, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Ruppersberger, O'Malley and Brown can all Go to Hell !!!!!!!!!!
David Plunkett June 28, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I thought that the penalty for not having health care was one percent of taxable income. Maybe Glass thinks we all make $250,000???
Christopher Kidwell June 28, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Glass is insane, the fact is that this is the correct decision on the matter at hand. If anything, ACA didn't go far enough by setting up a nationalized option for health insurance or simply nationalizing it period.
Karl Schuub June 28, 2012 at 08:23 PM
O'Malley is a d'bag. How can anyone think gutting Medicare by 500 billion and redistributing those funds to younger people when older americans use more of our health care system than any other demographic is somehow "protecting our parents". All of the d'bags did nothing more than pander to thier demographic and the expense of private sector workers and older americans. We are just further down the road to our own economic collapse...nice job. If mandated government health care was so great why did Obama allow all his pandering partners to get a ticket out - public sector workers, unions, elected officials, etc., are not subject to it's unconstitutional tentacles.
Gina Kazimir June 28, 2012 at 08:32 PM
REALLY?! Del. Glass, have you ever had your insurance refuse to cover treatment because they deem something a "pre-existing condition?" Do you even know how much EACH ONE OF US is already penalized in the form of high costs for health care by those who don't have or buy insurance? Do you even know what it costs to treat the uninsured in America today? Do you also want to see Social Security and Medicare abolished - after all, that's part of the federal government, too. It is shameful that a country as great as the USA does not care for its citizens. Yes, that means the government doing so. I would far rather have my tax dollars helping people to stay healthy than financing a war - in which our brave soldiers are being maimed and killed - to protect corporate oil interests! I am DELIGHTED that the Health Care Act was upheld by SCOTUS. And I am ashamed that do not support your county's citizens and oppose the first sensible steps toward health care reform that this country has made. Gina Kazimir
Leslie Schildgen June 28, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I'm still not making the connection of the mandate being a tax. How was that interpreted by John Roberts when the President himself said it was not a tax.
Paulette smyth June 28, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Glass doesn't speak for the Harford County residents. If he thinks he does...he better listen up. The court decision was the right one..
Karl Schuub June 28, 2012 at 11:46 PM
No, he kinda does. This is one of the last largely republican and conservative counties in MD. Ya...you so wrong.
Casey June 29, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Paulette - I agree with you. Glass does not speak for me or most of the people that I know in Harford County.
Adam Obest June 29, 2012 at 03:45 AM
The author said "Harford County speaks" so he was wrong in using that title. A better title would be "The Elected Leaders" spoke. But about the mandate; it is shocking Gates was the swing vote and opinion, but do not worry. His complete statement is opening up a brand new discussion just like our elected officials said: How far will the government go in regulating our lives and how much will they tax or penalize us for not submitting to them? Oh how far have we fallen from our beginning revolutionary days?
Christopher Kidwell June 29, 2012 at 03:48 AM
For not submitting to them? Hardly. More like, how much will they penalize you when you do totally anti-social things like not keep a basic level of health insurance and expect everyone else to foot your bill when you get hurt.
Tom Gieseler June 29, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Free food. Free housing, Free health Care. Free Phones, Free Entery for illeagles,Can't wait to see how much us poor working people are going to have to pay for the slakers who know the system and reap all of our Kings wishes.
Adam Obest June 29, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Christopher, I want everybody to have good health and I hope people have health care insurance; I know it is very important when you have a major car accident or a child, (both very common things) and things I've experienced myself. And I know the price tag just seems to never end, but I don't believe Health care is the government's job to entitle to every citizen, let alone protecting every American from their own mistakes and bad choices. People must be responsible to choose their own destiny, mistakes and all. Nevertheless, I wish for more competition across state lines that hopefully will drive down prices, a more efficient system and less bureaucracy, but to think the government could fix our health care system, keep the prices down and actually make people healthier is just not evidential. Lastly, hahaha, I just can't forget when Nancy Pelosi said, "we got to pass it, before we can read it and know what's in it." Christopher, we all need better health and a more efficient system be good, but I just don't think the government should guarantee it, nor act as if we the people can’t properly take care of ourselves, let alone penalize us for not. peace
John W June 29, 2012 at 06:15 AM
I usually agree with Glass's ideals but in this matter he should keep his mouth shut from this point on...he showed his true colors, it's obviously he is only looking out for the wealthy and for greedy business owners that get rich by treating their employees like slaves. We let corporations take over this once "nice place", now what little is left of the private sector isn't worth a shit to work for and I can make more money sitting at home playing with myself and sellin shit on the on the internet. Creating new jobs isn't what we need, we just need jobs that pay a honest wage and that provides decent benefits. Sadly they don't exsist...but the places we work for still make record profits year after year...and nobody has the balls to stand up to their employers, just take what you can get. I am also disgusted by the amount of illegal immigrants the town of bel air harbours and the businesses that welcome them in as employees. Do you see any politicians doing anything or even mentioning it as being a problem? Nope...why? Because their best friends own the business that make higher profit margains by using illegal labor...wouldn't want their pals to lose the million spend.
John W June 29, 2012 at 06:15 AM
If the government truely wants to see new jobs then they should force employers to pay the people they have better. Once the "working class" has money to spend they will spend it, if they don't have any money then guess what??...and once people have money they WILL spend it, its human nature...when people spend money it creates a need for more manpower/labor...which in turn creates jobs. Its not rocket science...but somewhere along the line business owners came up with the idea that paying people as little as possible would help them make more money, they didn't take into consideration that the people they are ripping off are the same people that they rely on to sustain and grow their business. There's nothing wrong with the "economy", only business owners/corporations. They alone have the power to fix our country, there's nothing the gov't can do to fix it...they can only put band-aids on. Not until our workers start earning a decent wage will things go back to the way they were. Has nothing to do with who's president, it's our bosses we need to step up to the plate. Even if it means cutting their profit margins to hell temporarily...it will all work itself out and eventually their profits will be higher than they ever were solely from all the extra business they will have from people everywhere having more money to
Leslie Schildgen June 29, 2012 at 02:17 PM
John. I own a business and am not greedy. The insurances I pay to employ my workers is astronomical. I'm just barely staying afloat and have all the burden of the liability of my workers. Now with this health care mess, I'm not hiring any new people because I don't know what it will cost me in 2014.
Bill Donovan June 29, 2012 at 02:33 PM
If the ACA is going to supposedly hurt small businesses, why are groups like the Small Business Majority supporting it? You can read their thoughts here: http://www.smallbusinessmajority.org/news-and-events/press-room-view.php?id=202
Curtis Coon June 29, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Bill: I know many small business owners, and I know of not even one that welcomes Obamacare. Small Business Majority (what a name) has only been around a few years, and seems to have a very progressive and liberal agenda. I am not convinced of anything except that when government gets invoved, it costs alot more and restricts our freedom greatly.
Tom Fitzpatrick June 29, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Because of "Obamacare", we were able to get insurance for my wife from MHIP, the exchange created under the new law to provide insurance to people who had been denied health insurance for having a "pre existing condition". When she developer complications from routine surgery and spent 51 days in the hospital, she didn't lose her life, and we didn't lose or home or our life savings. The US is the only major country in the world where this was even possible. Thanks to "Obamacare", it will be far less likely in the future.
Tom Fitzpatrick June 29, 2012 at 06:06 PM
On the small business issue. We're positive that the new law will enable us to buy much cheaper insurance for individuals and small businesses through the exchanges than we could under the old system. This has already proved true in my wife's case regarding pre-existing condition. I think the law was meant to get at companies like Wal Mart and Home Depot who employ 32 hour part timers, don't provide any benefits and don't pay enough for them to afford insurance.
Carol June 30, 2012 at 02:10 AM
I wish that all those in Washington had to live by the rules and regulations they are putting on us, and have the same health care. WOW!
WILLIAM GRIMES July 02, 2012 at 04:59 PM


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