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Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling, the American people have made it clear that they do not like ObamaCare. As Leader Cantor announced yesterday, the House will once again vote to repeal ObamaCare on July 11th to clear the way for patient-centered health care that is more affordable and more accessible. This morning, Leader Cantor told Bloomberg, “Americans do not like ObamaCare. They don’t like Washington meddling in their very personal decision of what kind of health care they are going to have. ObamaCare is going to force more government involvement in every health care decision folks make. That is why we are going to continue to try to repeal this bill as we look towards the real choice before the American people in November.”

This Day In History: In 1995, the American space shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian space station Mir to form the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth. This historic moment of cooperation between former rival space programs was also the 100th human space mission in American history.

Birthdays: Rep. Virginia Foxx, Ann Veneman, Edward Maya, Fernando Alonso, Nicole Scherzinger, Gary Busey, and Richard Lewis

Here Are The Top Stories We're Watching:

1. State Of Play: Leader Cantor: The Court’s Decision Underscores The Choice For The American People This November. “If you take a step back and look at the court's ruling today, it really underscores the choice that the American people have before them this election. Today's ruling indicated the direction that Barack Obama is going to take this country, certainly as far as health care is concerned, and that is a vision that involves governmental intrusion into one's health care decisions unlike ever before. It is the law of the land now, the court has opined. The only way to change that is to make sure that in November, Barack Obama loses the election. It's that simple. If we want to return to a patient-centered health care future… Obviously I respect the court. I disagree with its opinion. I disagree that we ought to have ObamaCare as the law of the land at this point. But really that's what elections are for. By the Supreme Court's ruling, the Court said that the law is legal. But it doesn't mean that it is just or it is the right policy and that's what this election is going to be about. Again, the only way to stop this trajectory in terms of ObamaCare, and Lord knows a lot other, we are going to have to win this election. In order to repeal Obama-care, we are going to have to vote out Barack Obama.” FOX News Channel

2. Small Biz: Small Business on Obamacare: No Reason To Hire Or Invest. Small business owners and advocates responded to today’s Supreme Court decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with anger, confusion and a lot of questions about where they go from here. “At this point, I have more questions than I have answers,” said Larry Mocha, president, Air Power Systems in Tulsa, Okla. “We already provide health insurance for our employees and have for many years. How will this impact our premiums? How will this impact [America’s] health-care system? And how will this impact my small business?” Small business owners, who have been waiting for the court’s decision on ObamaCare before making decisions on hiring and investment now say the decision raises more questions than it answers. CNBC

3. Tax Debate: Editorial: ObamaCare And The Tax Test. Editor's note: The duck test—if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck. As the basis for the majority opinion in the Obama health-care decision, Chief Justice John Roberts argued that the law's individual mandate to buy health insurance is valid because it is a tax, citing Congress's power under the Constitution to "lay and collect taxes" for "the general welfare of the United States." Herewith, from President Obama on down, is a sampling of Democratic denials that the individual mandate is a tax: President Barack Obama, talking to George Stephanopoulos on ABC News, September 2009: Stephanopoulos: Your critics say it [the mandate] is a tax increase. Obama: My critics say everything is a tax increase. My critics say I'm taking over every sector of the economy. You know that. Look, we can have a legitimate debate about whether or not we're going to have an individual mandate or not, but—Stephanopoulos; But you reject that it's a tax increase? Obama: I absolutely reject that notion. Wall Street Journal

4. Truth Test: Obama Admin Official On SCOTUS: "I'm Sure They'll Nail Us On Taxes And I'm Sure It Will Work." Got good news and bad news for you, Mr. President. The good news is that Chief Justice John Roberts just saved your legacy and, perhaps, your presidency by writing for the Supreme Court majority to rule health care reform constitutional…Republicans would have preferred the court overturn the health care bill, an act that would have underscored Obama's biggest liability -- the perception among voters, including those who like and trust him, that he has been ineffective. But you can count on them to use Roberts' bill-saving justification to label Obama a tax-and-spend liberal. "I'm sure they'll nail us on taxes and I'm sure it will work," said a senior White House official speaking on condition of anonymity. National Journal

5. Dems Dodge: Obama Senior Adviser Dodges ObamaCare Tax Question. Matt Lauer: “The good news is the Supreme Court said the mandates are constitutional. the bad news is they say they are a tax. back in 2009 the president adamantly denied that health care reform ways going to be a tax on the American people. does he now agree this legislation, this law is a tax.” David Axelrod: “Whatever you call it, Matt, whether a mandate or tax, what it is, is a penalty on the very few Americans who don't -- who can afford health care, don't pay for it, end up in our emergency rooms getting free care and we all pay for it in the form of premiums.” Lauer: “Whatever you call it is important. In an election year and coming out of a recession if it's called a tax, it's going to hurt.” NBC’s Today Show

6. Real Impact: Rep. Huizenga: Health Care Tax Hurts Middle Class. After President Obama spent much of his first term insisting that his biggest legislative priority was being mischaracterized as a "tax," the Court has decided that the individual mandate included in Obama's health care law is just that — a tax on every single American citizen…I have been philosophically opposed to President Obama's health care law since its inception, beyond simply its constitutional grounds. The bill in its entirety amounts to a disastrous experiment containing not only a tax on every American to buy health insurance, but also thousands of pages of new regulations, additional tax increases and further mandates on individuals and businesses that will only exacerbate the root cause of our current health care crisis: the cost of care. While settling the case of whether or not the health care law is in fact one colossal tax increase, it has also opened up even more questions. For example, now that we know it is a tax, we must ask ourselves, "In a period of persistently high unemployment and such minimal economic growth, should we levy such a massive tax on the entire populace?" I say no. Additionally, this will forever beg the question, "Just what, if anything, can the federal government not force citizens to buy?" Based on this ruling, almost nothing. Michigan Live

7. Senate Reax: Sen. Hatch: Health Care Law Was Bad Before, Bad After. Over two years later, this law is as unpopular as it was then. A U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the whole law would have been a victory for liberty and for limited government. But this fight is not over. The fact is, this law was terrible before this decision — and it’s terrible after this decision. While the court upheld the main portions of the law, it found that the requirement that every American have insurance is a “tax” — meaning that families earning under $250,000 a year will bear most of the burden of this tax. This represents another broken promise from President Obama, who claimed he wouldn’t raise taxes on the middle class…The American people responded, rejecting the president’s agenda at town hall meetings and polling places. They made it clear they never wanted a 2,700-page bill drafted in the dark of night that puts Washington between a patient and his or her doctor, takes over one-sixth of our economy, and includes a half-trillion dollars in tax hikes and mountains of red tape. What they want is a different approach that addresses their number one concern: skyrocketing health care costs that are eating away at every family’s pocketbook…Before we can even undertake these much-needed reforms, we have to scrap ObamaCare and start over. Then we can move forward with real, step-by-step reforms to give the American people the health care they deserve from the doctor they want at a price they can afford. Salt Lake Tribune

8. The Road Ahead: The Case For Repealing ObamaCare Is Even Stronger. The political case for repealing Obamacare, which has always been the most significant and relevant case, is stronger than ever after today’s decision. Left alone, the law will spend well over a trillion dollars in the coming decade on yet another health-care entitlement program and on the expansion of existing entitlements, micromanage the insurance industry in ways likely to make it even less efficient, employ even heavier price controls of the sort that have always failed in Medicare, and raise half a trillion dollars in taxes on employment, investment, and medical research. And now we know that its tax bill will be even higher than we thought, and that its reduction of the uninsured even smaller. Today’s decision just means that President Obama must now embrace this monstrosity even tighter, and that the case for replacing him has grown even clearer and more powerful. National Review


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