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Re­ac­tions to the ACA de­ci­sion were bounc­ing around the in­ter­webs late last week. Out­liers of­fers some of our fa­vorites: “Just be­cause a cou­ple peo­ple on the Supreme Court de­clare some­thing to be ‘con­sti­tu­tional’ does not make it so. The whole thing re­mains un­con­sti­tu­tional. … It will de­stroy our health­care sys­tem.”

—U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) “The right wing just had their worst smack­down since the day O was elected. The path of his­tory con­tin­ues to head toward univ health care”

—“Sicko” film­maker and au­thor Michael Moore on Twit­ter “Obama lied to the Amer­i­can peo­ple. Again. He said it wasn’t a tax. Obama lies; free­dom dies.”

—For­mer Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Twit­ter “If the right wing had won this, they’d be scream­ing REV­O­LU­TION in the streets. What ought we do?”

—“30 Rock” ac­tor Alec Bald­win on Twit­ter “The vi­sion that has kept me awake so many times at night as a nurse, see­ing my­self hold­ing the hand of a pa­tient while the doc­tor comes into the room and says that their life­sav­ing treat­ment will be de­nied be­cause the In­de­pen­dent Pay­ment Ad­vi­sory Board deemed it un­nec­es­sary, re­mains in my mind.”

—Rep. Re­nee Ellmers (R-N.C.) at a post-de­ci­sion news con­fer­ence

“It’s con­sti­tu­tional. Bitches.” —Patrick Gas­pard, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Demo­cratic Na­tional

Com­mit­tee, on Twit­ter “In the long run, the result will be the com­plete de­struc­tion of Amer­i­can health­care, as the sys­tem’s prob­lems are inevitably blamed on our ‘pri­vate’ health­care sys­tem and a fully so­cial­ized ‘sin­gle payer’ medicine is of­fered up as the only cure.”

—Ayn Rand Cen­ter Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Yaron Brook “We hope states choose to do the right thing. But we can­not base fed­eral pol­icy on hope alone. NAPH urges Congress to avert a po­ten­tially dis­as­trous out­come for vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tions by im­me­di­ately re-eval­u­at­ing safety net fund­ing in light of this de­ci­sion.” —The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Pub­lic Hos­pi­tals and Health Sys­tems,

re­act­ing to the U.S. Supreme Court’s rul­ing on Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion “Only in Amer­ica would so many over­weight, di­a­betic peo­ple with heart dis­ease be up­set that they’re gonna have health­care.”

—Co­me­dian and ra­dio talk-show host Dave Ru­bin on Twit­ter “The pres­i­dent in­tim­i­dated Chief Jus­tice John Roberts like Hugo Chavez in­tim­i­dates the Venezue­lan Supreme Court. The rule of law is now dead. ”

—State­ment is­sued by the Heart­land In­sti­tute “The real so­lu­tion to Amer­ica’s health­care cri­sis is a Medi­care-for-all, sin­gle-payer sys­tem. Un­til then, we will re­main the only ma­jor na­tion that does not pro­vide health­care for ev­ery man, woman and child as a right of cit­i­zen­ship.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) “If any­one’s an­grier than Repub­li­cans that chil­dren can’t be de­nied for hav­ing pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions, it’s leukemia.”

—The satir­i­cal weekly the Onion on Twit­ter “This is the great­est de­struc­tion of in­di­vid­ual lib­erty since Dred Scott. This is the end of Amer­ica as we know it. No ex­ag­ger­a­tion.”

—Bre­it­bart.com Edi­tor-at-Large Ben Shapiro on Twit­ter

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