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Tierney, Tisei Clash on Health Care Law -- What Do You Think?

What do you think of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to uphold the most controversial aspect of Obamacare?

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated ruling this morning on a challenge to the constitutionality of the federal health care law passed in 2010.

The court, effectively split on the political front — five conservative and four liberal justices, , which requires all Americans to acquire health insurance coverage by 2014. The court did push back on another front, saying states couldn't be mandated to expand Medicaid or else be stripped of federal funding.

U.S. Congressman John Tierney released a statement Thursday morning in response to the court's ruling, applauding the decision and calling on the law's opponents to "stand down" now and work together to implement the law and reap its benefits.

"The Supreme Court made a responsible decision today. Its ruling is a victory for the millions of Americans who will have the opportunity to access health care, the middle-class families who will see their health care costs decrease, the young Americans who will be able to stay on their insurance until age 26, the seniors who will continue to see the 'donut hole' close, and so many more," Tierney said.

"The law might not be perfect, but it is a step in the right direction for our country, and the Supreme Court made the right decision today," he said.

Tierney's Republican challenger this November, Richard Tisei, also released his own statement, saying federal lawmakers need to "go back to the drawing board" on the issue.

"If anything is clear from today’s Supreme Court ruling it is that our leaders in Washington need to go back to the drawing board, and work together to pass a bi-partisan plan that will reduce rising health care costs and provide Americans with more access to affordable health care coverage," Tisei said.

The former state senator added he was proud to have been part of the effort to pass healthcare reform in Massachusetts and believes all Americans should have access to affordable care, but does not agree with the federal approach.

"Rather than a Washington based 'one size fits all approach,' I believe that every state needs to tailor a plan to their individual needs and that Americans should maintain control over their own healthcare decisions. The Affordable Health Care Act passage was clearly an overreach by an overly partisan Congress that would increase health care costs, damage our economy, and add more than a trillion to our national debt.

Tisei, a Wakefield Republican, is challenging Tierney, a Salem Democrat, for the , which represents Peabody as well as many other North Shore cities and towns.

You can find more information on the Affordable Care Act here: www.healthcare.gov/law/index.html.

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So where did you line up on this charged debate? Were you in favor of the healthcare reforms or were you staunchly opposed to Obamacare?

And what do you think now that the highest court in the land has ruled? Sound off below in the comments section.

gene June 28, 2012 at 06:58 PM
What does that have to do with the health care law? Try and stay focused!
Jay Valatka June 29, 2012 at 04:03 AM
"If anything is clear from today’s Supreme Court ruling it is that our leaders in Washington need to go back to the drawing board, and work together to pass a bi-partisan plan that will reduce rising health care costs and provide Americans with more access to affordable health care coverage," Tisei said. Oh, come on. If anything is clear from today's Supreme Court ruling, it's that the Affordable Care Act passed the Constitutional smell test. That doesn't sound like we should go "back to the drawing board". It sounds like "let's keep this going and make adjustments as needed". "Back to the drawing board" has been the GOP mantra long before the Supreme Court ruling. If that's what they want to think, fine, but if and when they do take over the White House and legislative bodies, I suspect it'll be several months of martinis and caviar before they get around to doing anything with the drawing board.
john June 29, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Requires all Americans,so if your not American?????
pk June 29, 2012 at 10:21 AM
“Obamacare" = individual responsibility = conservative values. Before this mandate people could choose not to buy health insurance even if they could afford it. When these people got ill they became welfare cases, i.e. you and I paid for their care. Now these potential deadbeats are made to provide for themselves. The only reason conservatives oppose this is that Obama got it passed. When Romney and Gingrich proposed the same thing the GOP and conservatives were all for it.”
Bill June 30, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Two questions for good Dems who like this law: 1. Please outline the specific cost control mechanisms in the law - how will this bring down the cost of healthcare for people who already have insurance? 2. Where is the money coming from to add 15 million new people to medicaid? Where will the states come up with their share when they are already dealing with crushing public employee healthcare and pensions costs? This would bankrupt us, but have no fear - President Romney and the new Republican congress will gut this before it even starts. A pipe dream.

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