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By Elizabeth Emken, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate

June 29, 2012

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court managed to do the unthinkable – give both sides of the controversial Obamacare issue even greater resolve. Democrats are cheering because they think they’ve won the battle. Republicans are encouraged because we’re more committed than ever to win the war.

The high court’s decision to uphold Obamacare makes it crystal clear that the only way to ensure that Americans defeat this dishonest attempt at health care reform is to take back the White House and the U.S. Senate this November.

That’s why my campaign to unseat Dianne Feinstein is crucial to our national cause — she is painfully out-of-touch with the American people, and today’s ruling is the most profound demonstration yet why California needs new energy and a fresh start in the U.S. Senate.

The Obamacare boondoggle is even worse that you’ve imagined. I can tell you from first-hand experience that there’s much more to the story than is being reported.

Democrats like Dianne Feinstein are literally stealing funding from programs that provide important services to the elderly and the disabled. First they lied about the cost of Obamacare, then stole a half-trillion dollars from Medicare to justify the initial price tag.

Now they are attempting to steal even more money, this time from core institutional programs at the Centers for Disease Control that support programs for the disabled to cover up the ballooning cost. That’s not just shady politics, it’s just plain wrong.

Further, our personal freedoms are being taken away at the hands of the proponents of this legislation. If the federal government can compel you to buy something for fear of financial penalty, what are the limits to its power? This has been made painfully clear to churches and religious institutions that are being coerced by the Obama administration to violate their religious liberty to comply with this law.

Finally, the Supreme Court ruling has brought Obamacare’s hidden taxes to the light of day and Dianne Feinstein proudly doubled down on her support of them. With a price tag double what the Democrats promised and growing exponentially every day, the “Affordable Care Act” may be the most ironic title for a major bill in the history of Congress.

Obamacare will continue to have a negative impact on job creation and hiring, and businesses will be forced to continue to grapple with all of the uncertainty and costs the law creates. The simple truth is that businesses across the nation are not hiring as a result of this administration’s mismanagement of health care reform.

But there’s an important distinction to make in the aftermath of yesterday’s ruling – the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is constitutional. It didn’t say that it was good legislation or sensible health care reform.

Only with new leadership in Washington can we expand access and lower costs through competition and choice while keeping in mind our responsibility to care for the truly vulnerable without raising taxes or increasing debt.

The most important thing I can do as your U.S. Senator is to repeal and replace Obamacare. The most important thing you can do to help get me there is to repeal and replace Dianne Feinstein.


Elizabeth Emken, a businesswoman, non-profit executive and mother of a special needs child is the Republican nominee for the United States Senate.  For the last decade she served as an advocate for developmentally disabled children, most recently as Vice President of Government Relations at Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest science and advocacy organization dedicated to autism research. For more information about Elizabeth, please visit

You can also find Elizabeth on twitter @Emken2012