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Should Congress repeal the Affordable Care Act?

Staff Report • Jul 9, 2012 at 4:06 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month to uphold key provisions of the Affordable Care Act left Republicans vowing to pursue other ways to scuttle the health care law. U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-1st, said in a news release he was disappointed in the high court’s decision, but vowed he and his colleagues in Congress would have the last word.

“The court’s ruling gives renewed urgency to our efforts to repeal this law,” Roe said. “If we allow its full implementation, our health care decisions will forever be in the hands of Washington bureaucrats. Despite the disappointing ruling, I am committed to working to repeal the law and address critical health care challenges that face our nation with reforms that lower health care costs.”

High-ranking Republicans in Tennessee were also expressing hope that the November presidential election will be the death knell for the health care law.

“Now it is up to Tennesseans and Americans to turn their attention to the November election,” Gov. Bill Haslam said in a new release. “By electing Mitt Romney, we can be sure that the entire law will be repealed.”

Likewise, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey said he was optimistic the next president will ratify the problem. “The court may have made its decision today but the people have yet to speak,” Ramsey said in a statement. “When they do, Mitt Romney will be elected president and I will do all I can to aid him as he fulfills his solemn promise to repeal this insidious law.”

Health care officials in Tennessee, however, had a different reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling in the case. “Though much work remains to be done on all fronts, the Tennessee Hospital Association believes the court’s action is an important step toward meaningful health reform,” Scott Raynes, THA chairman, said in a prepared statement.

“Such reform will help to preserve access to quality care for patients in Tennessee.”

Mountain States Health Alliance President and CEO Dennis Vonderfecht agreed, adding health care reform was sure to come regardless of how the Supreme Court ruled.

“It’s one step along the way toward health care reform and this country can’t afford any longer to have the health care system operate in the way it has operated in the past number of years,” he said.

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