High Court Rules in Favor of Federal Health Care Reform
Paula Wilcoxon Reporting
Ohio’s Republican legislators say they’re disappointed by the U.S Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act commonly known as “Obamacare”.
The high court ruled 5 to 4 Thursday to uphold the federal health care law, including the contentious requirement that most Americans must buy health insurance or pay a penalty.
State Attorney General Mike DeWine says it’s a matter that will now again be fought in the political arena.
Republican U.S Senator Rob Portman says while the court deemed the law constitutional as a tax on the American people, it is still flawed policy that is unaffordable for families, small businesses and the government.
DeWine says he is pleased the court took issue with the law's expansion of Medicaid.
Portman says he hopes the President will now work with Republicans and Democrats alike to reduce costs.
Democratic U.S Senator Sherrod Brown says Thursday’s ruling means that more than 1.2 million Ohio seniors will continue to have access to cancer screenings and wellness exams through Medicare and nearly 97,000 young adults will continue to be able to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they’re 26.