"Today's the day the Constitution died. Today's the day we saw a sad event take place out of Washington D.C."
The Central Valley Strategic Forum was among the first to speak out. A press conference featured a mix of religious and business leaders, and conservative groups they called for action. "To stand up for religious freedom and freedom of speech and to not allow our most fundamental and cherished freedoms to be taken away by anybody in Washington D.C. or in Sacramento."
The health care changes will take place over the course of time. Fresno County and the state are already preparing. With plans to expand medical coverage to tens of thousands of people.
In Fresno, Tim Joslin CEO of Community Medical Centers says he was not surprised. Changes he says are necessary. "From a pure cost standpoint alone there has to be changes coming in the system. So whether it's healthcare reform regardless of what happened today economics are driving tremendous change and rapid change in-health care."
"I think we need to stand behind the president and health care and our job on the local level is to make sure we implement it in the best way possible to make sure people do have access to health care."
Supervisor Henry Perea told us he believes the supreme court decision was a good one. But many will be watching to see how this all plays out.
Like attorney Dan Jamison who specializes in healthcare issues. "It's an extraordinary extension of federal power that affects us all and is one that will have to be handled very carefully by our elected officials to make sure that it is not abused. It's going to be very interesting to see what happens in the November election."