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June 29, 2012

Democrats are happy; Republicans dismayed

Supreme Court upholds health care reform law

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“It’s now in the hands of the people who are opposed to that tax to elect a Congress and a congressman that is willing to repeal it,” Tisei said. “It will be decided in the next election.”

Democrats were united in calling for an end to Republican efforts to repeal the law, which they called nothing more than political theater.

“For the past three years, opponents of health reform did everything they could to distort and deceive. They tried to scare the American public with outright lies about ‘death panels’ and ‘socialized medicine,’” said Democratic Sen. John Kerry. “Enough time has been wasted in the United States Congress on pointless repeal votes designed to score political points.”

Tierney joined his fellow Democrats in calling for Republicans to back off. 

“The American people, the Congress, the White House and now the Supreme Court has spoken,” he said, “and we should focus now on working together to implement the law and its benefits quickly and effectively.” 

Republican Sen. Scott Brown expressed his disappointment with yesterday’s outcome and echoed Tisei and other fellow Republicans in saying that the law still needs to go.

“All we got out of this massive new federal entitlement is higher taxes, cuts in Medicare and additional debt at a time when we can least afford it,” Brown said yesterday. “The bottom line for me is this law makes it harder for our economy to add jobs, and for that reason I continue to oppose it.”

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