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October 23, 2014, 9:30 am
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UPDATED: Reaction To Health Care Decision Mixed

There are mixed reactions today as the Supreme Court hands down their ruling on the Health Care Law.


Illinois Senator Mark Kirk says that he disagrees with the Supreme Court’s decision and that it "threatens the economic recovery by raising taxes, imposing new regulation and creating a drag on the economy." Kirk says that congress should repeal the healthcare law.


Senator Dick Durbin says that now that the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the healthcare overhaul, the country “can move forward to address the unsustainable increase in health care costs and expand the protection of health insurance coverage to over 30 million Americans – including millions in Illinois.”


The Illinois Hospital Association says they applaud the ruling. In a statement released Thursday morning, MaryJane Wurth, President of IHA, says that they “will continue to help guide Illinois hospitals through the intricacies of health care reform including the implementation of the Illinois Health Insurance Exchange” and that the General Assembly should move to implement the state’s healthcare exchange.


The Illinois Director for the National Federation of Independent Business says that “Illinois residents will have their most personal health care decisions made by politicians and bureaucrats in Washington and in other states whom they’ve never met and whom they’ll have a hard time influencing in the future.”


Meanwhile a statement from Families USA, a nonprofit national organization for heath care customers says the decision is a “huge victory for American families” that will ensure no one will be denied health coverage,” and coverage plans will be fair for pre-existing conditions and regardless of age and gender.


Jim Duffet from Illinois’ Campaign for Better Health Care says it’s time to urge “Governor Quinn to immediately sign an Executive Order and begin implementing the new insurance Marketplace exchange so Illinois' hard working families and small businesses will continue to enjoy the benefits.”


Illinois State Senator Bill Brady released a statement saying the ruling goes beyond the issue of mandatory insurance. Brady says “It will drive up health care costs and put yet another financial burden on our already struggling small businesses.”


Brady also says that “Illinois will be exploring avenues available for implementing this sweeping law and still providing the greatest options and lowest cost for our families and businesses.”


Doug Whitley, President of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, says that the Chamber was not supportive of the law, but with the ruling they will “closely with state policymakers and other stakeholders to ensure the Affordable Care Act in Illinois is implemented with the best interests of employers and consumers in mind.”


Earlier this year the Chamber joined with 14 other state chambers to argue against the Anti-Injunction Act saying the Act does not bar the Supreme Court from ruling on the constitutionality of the individual mandate.


Congressman Aaron Schock plans a phone press conference to provide reaction from today's Supreme Court ruling about the healthcare overhaul law. 


Since the law was signed by the president in early 2010, a couple of dozen states had sued to reverse the individual mandate for citizens to purchase health insurance.  


The Supreme Court upheld major sections of the healthcare overhaul law Thursday (follow the link to read the entire ruling) including saying the individual mandate is not constitutional but the government can assess a penalty for not participating in the insurance market.

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