Local officials say federal healthcare ruling is basically the beginning of a joyous new day or the end of the world

The Founding Fathers are rolling around in their graves once again!


Our inbox is starting to fill with local officials and campaign groups expressing joy or disappointment with the U.S. Supreme Court's federal healthcare ruling. As expected, the Democrats are ecstatic while conservatives, business groups, and and tea partiers are imagining the Founding Fathers rolling around in their graves for the 1,345th time.

Says Tim Sweeney, the director of public health at the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank that focuses on Gold Dome issues:

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional is a major victory for the nearly 2 million Georgians currently living without health insurance. The new law will provide previously uninsured families with access to affordable, high-quality health care and provides important consumer protections to Georgians who already have including the elimination of lifetime benefit limits and the requirement that insurers cover pre-existing conditions. It's time to move forward with implementation of the law immediately so Georgians can take advantage of new health care options. In particular, Georgia should prepare to move forward with the Medicaid expansion that will bring billions in federal funds to the state while covering some of Georgia's most vulnerable residents.

Mayor Kasim Reed's pleased:

Congratulations, Mr. President, on a big win for the American people. #AffordableCareAct
- Kasim Reed (@KasimReed) June 28, 2012

House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams praised the ruling in a statement:

"The Supreme Court today issued an extraordinary ruling that will help millions of American families achieve better access to medical care and no longer have to choose between economic security and their health... We are very pleased by the Court's decision to uphold President Obama's signature achievement and its protections for Georgia families. Two million Georgians will have new access to insurance, and more will gain preventative care, lower costs and quality service."

Not everyone's thrilled.