"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.

"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."

—Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown



"We've broken the stranglehold of insurance companies where guys in pinstripes sitting in their board rooms decided who got healthcare. Now we know the people will get the healthcare they need, that their doctor says that they need, and they will be able to afford to get it. … For we women, it's an enormous victory. Because today, what we've been able to affirm is that insurance companies will no longer be able to discriminate on the basis of gender."

—Sen.Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.)



"Before this law, every responsible American with health insurance was subsidizing the health care needs of the rest. That unfair arrangement will be coming to an end soon, as all Americans become part of a more efficient, more cost-effective health care system."

—Sen. Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat



"The Supreme Court's decision determined the law's constitutionality, not whether the law is good policy," Harris said. "Americans have already made up their mind on that issue. A majority favor repealing the law."

—Rep. Andy Harris, a Maryland Republican



"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. We've already seen many of the benefits here in Maryland that can now continue."

—Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.)



"Republicans have been trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act since the day it was enacted, and they have been eagerly awaiting today's ruling. But they must now accept that the Affordable Care Act will remain in place and that the time for litigation and partisan posturing on this issue ought to come to an end."

Rep. Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat who helped to shepherd the law through the House