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      Supreme Court upholds health care reform law

      The Supreme Court has upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

      The court on Thursday handed Obama a campaign-season victory in rejecting arguments that Congress went too far in requiring most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.

      In Michigan, there are approximately 1.27 million residents that are uninsured. That is about 13 percent of the population.

      Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney made remarks in Washington D.C. and had this to say:

      "What the Couty did not do on its last day in session, I will do on my first day if elected President of the United States. And that is I will act to repeal Obamacare...Obamacare was bad policy yesterday. It's bad policy today. Obamacare was bad law yesterday. It's bad law today."

      Romney went on to clarify that while the court said was that Obamacare is constitutional, they did not say that Obamacare is good law or good policy. Romney said that Obamacare would raise taxes for the American people by approximately $500 billion.

      Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette issued this statement:

      â??I am deeply disappointed with this ruling by the United States Supreme Court. I am extremely concerned as well, about the impact of this decision on the personal liberties and basic Constitutional rights of Americans. Todayâ??s decision raises the stakes â?? does the reach of federal government have any limits at all? If the federal government can force you to purchase a product or pay a hefty fine, there is virtually no limit to what it can compel you to do.

      â??I will carefully review all aspects of this ruling. Today's opinion only strengthens my resolve to work with other national leaders to repeal ObamaCare and fight for and defend the Constitution.â??

      Senator Carl Levin had this reaction to the ruling:

      â??Todayâ??s Supreme Court ruling is an important step toward universal health care coverage, which is long overdue. It ensures that millions of Americans who have health insurance will be more able to depend on their coverage without fear of losing it to the whims of an insurance company. It ensures that millions more who do not have insurance today will not be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. And it ensures that millions of parents will be able to keep their children covered to age 26. I have always believed in the lawâ??s ability to make a real and positive difference in peoplesâ?? lives, and Iâ??m gratified that the courtâ??s decision protects the interests of American families who have so much to gain from health insurance reform."

      Reverend Bernard A. Hebda of the Diocese of Gaylord's reaction:

      "While we look forward to reviewing the decision, it seems apparent the Supreme Court ruled today on very narrow grounds that do not really touch upon the religious liberty issue that is of such great interest to the Catholic community and to many others throughout our country, the issue that prompted the lawsuit filed by the Michigan Catholic Conference last month. We continue to hope that either the law's affront to our religious freedom will be corrected or that men and women of faith will have their in court to demonstrate how the present legislation violates the liberties assured by our Constitution."

      U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra issued the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling:

      â??The health care law is unpopular because the American people now see that it will bankrupt the country, put Washington bureaucrats between them and their doctors, and cause prices to go up and quality of care to go down,â?? said Hoekstra. â??We need to repeal the government takeover of health care and replace it with common sense, free market solutions that will provide affordable and accessible health care for all.â??

      Hoekstra voted against Obamacare.

      Congressman Dave Camp issued this statement late this morning:

      While I respect the ruling of the Court, they have granted the federal government unlimited power to intrude on the private lives of American citizens. I do not believe our Founding Fathers would have ever contemplated a federal government with this much power. This is a dangerous day for the future of civil liberties and the principle of limited government this country was founded on. This ruling ensures that Americans will now face an untenable choice of either paying a massive tax or higher insurance premiums. I will continue to fight to repeal the entire law and craft commonsense solutions that address the most critical challenge facing families and job creators â?? the high cost of health care.â??

      Come back often for future updates to this breaking news, as well as further statements from local legislators.

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