WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- While divisions on the Supreme Court's ruling today on health care reform have typically been along party lines, southeastern North Carolina's incumbent Democrat in Congress and the Republican challenging him for his seat have similar views on the law and the court ruling.
"I would have to agree with Chief Justice Roberts that this amounts to a tax," Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District) told WWAY. "I have always been against raising taxes. I do not favor putting mandates or additional taxes on businesses that are trying to save or crate jobs, or put additional burdens on our families."
McIntyre's Republican challenger, state Sen. David Rouzer, said today's ruling "strikes at the soul of America -- our freedom."
"The door is now open for the federal government to control every aspect of our lives as long as any proposed legislation is a 'tax,'" Rouzer said in a statement. "Just because the law has been ruled constitutional doesn't mean it is good. Obamacare is increasing the cost of healthcare and making it more difficult for many to receive quality care. Many doctors are privately seeking their exit from the profession. Businesses are not hiring because of the increased cost of health coverage under Obamacare."
McIntyre, who voted against the health care overhaul in 2010 and has since voted to repeal it, and Rouzer both said attention needs to go to how to pay for medical care.
"The focus needs to be on solving the skyrocketing costs of heath care and health insurance," McIntyre said.
"We need less government control in healthcare so that individuals and families can afford to receive quality care," Rouzer said. "Only the free market produces the very best product for the lowest possible price."