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State reaction to Obamacare ruling coming in slowly and largely divided


LANSING (WKZO)  --  It appears that the supreme court has upheld obama care, not under the commerce clause as the Administration argued, but the majority of the court ruled that its practical application is as a tax, and that’s how the majority of the court ruled it will stand, because congress does have those powers. It was the Chief Justice of the United States, Conservative John Roberts who turned out to be the swing vote.

Karen Holcolm Merrill at the League for Human Services says they are surprised and ecstatic. She says it means that all the work that has been done to put the reforms in place will not be wasted and that a lot of people will continue to enjoy the benefits it makes available.“This is great news for all Michiganders who are one accident, one tumor or one layoff away from health and financial disaster. The Affordable Care Act was a century in the making to provide all Americans with access to affordable, quality healthcare. We commend the Supreme Court for its decision.”

Michigan GOP Chair Bobby Shostak has a much different view."We are disappointed with the Court’s decision. However, it is clear that ObamaCare harms middle class families, job creators and individual liberty, and defeating ObamaCare begins on Nov. 6 when we elect Mitt Romney president. ObamaCare cripples job creators, discourages economic growth and creates new taxes on wheelchairs and insulin pumps. Americans deserve better, and real reform begins when we repeal all of ObamaCare. Republicans are fired-up and ready to work hard to defeat Pres. Obama and repeal this law in order to create real healthcare reform that put's middle class families and job creators first."

We have interviews lined up with Congressman Fred Upton, Michigan’s Attorney General, Bill Schutte who was a party to the High Court challenge, local state representatives and others and will update thru the day.