Gov. Perry slams Supreme Court decision on Obamacare

Congressman Henry Cuellar

Texas Governor Rick Perry is calling the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Barack Obama's health care plan a "stomach punch to the American economy."

Perry issued a statement Thursday following the Supreme Court ruling on Thursday morning.

"It is a shocking disappointment to freedom-loving Americans desperate to get our country back on track," Perry said in the statement. "Obamacare is bad for the economy, bad for health care, bad for freedom."

Perry said that the Supreme Court failed to uphold Constitutional limits planced on Washington.

"Freedom was frontally attacked by passage of this monstrosity," Perry said.

According to the Associated Press, Texas was among several states that challenged the controversial law.

The Rio Grande Valley's lawmakers and other elected officials were quick to chime in the conversation.

Congressman Henry Cuellar

Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) was quick to defend the Supreme Court's decision calling it a "victory" for the middle class and American people.

"With this ruling, Americans will continue to benefit from crucial patient protections, lower costs for the middle class, more coverage for families, greater certainty for hospitals and businesses, and stronger accountability for the insurance industry," Cuellar said in a statement.

Congressman Blake Farenthold

But Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-Corpus Christi) told Action 4 News that he was disappointed by the Supreme Court's decision.

The Supreme Court TMs decision will have devastating effect on our economy, small business owners, and the American taxpayer," Farenthold said in a statement. "After repeated assurances by the Administration that this was not a tax, the American public is left with yet another empty promise from their President."

Senator Kay Baily Hutchison

Texas Senator Kay Baily Hutchison (R-Dallas) was against the decision and called Obamacare a "massive tax" on the American people.

The Supreme Court has declared the health care law constitutional, but that doesn TMt make it good policy. In fact, the majority said it was not ruling on fairness or wisdom of health care policy, but instead on the power of Congress to levy taxes," Hutchison said.

Attorney General Greg Abbott

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott took a different approach from his Republican colleagues and called it a "victory" for states rights a limited government.

"Today the Supreme Court made crystal clear that the federal government is more restrained than yesterday and yet, through a novel application of the facts, the Court did what Congress was afraid to do--called ObamaCare a tax on all Americans," Abbott said in a statement. "This is particularly ironic since President Obama, himself, insisted this was not a tax."