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State leaders react to Supreme Court health care law decision

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President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court's decision to uphold his health care overhaul is a "victory for people all over the country" and will make their lives more secure. Meanwhile Republican leaders across North Carolina are responding to the US Supreme Court's ruling upholding health care reform legislation.

"The Court has now fulfilled its obligation as final arbiter of the constitutionality of the President's health care law, and I thank them for their service. While the Court has been reviewing this law for months, American families and businesses have been reviewing it for years, and they have rendered their verdict as well. People on both sides of the health care debate will spend the days and weeks to come discussing the impact of today's ruling, but a few things remain clear: our health care system is broken, costs remain unchecked, and outcomes are not improving. I remain committed to addressing these concerns and fulfilling our obligation to the American people to lower health care costs, expand coverage and choice, and build on the innovation that sets America apart from the rest of the world."
-Sen. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina)

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"I am pleased that the Supreme Court has brought finality to this divisive debate. I believe that we must now come together, ­Democrats and Republicans, to ensure the law is implemented in a way that brings
quality, affordable health care to North Carolina's families. We must continue working on solutions to problems North Carolina's families face. We must take action to help small businesses that need access to credit, to pass the highway bill that will provide 41,000 jobs in North Carolina and to ensure that our military servicemembers and veterans have the care and resources they need and deserve. It is time to put this debate behind us and return our focus to the number-one issue that the country wants us
to address: jobs."
-Sen. Kay Hagan (D-North Carolina)

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"This morning's Supreme Court ruling will be welcome news for the approximately 95,000 young people ages 19 to 25 who will be able to stay on their family's health insurance plan because of this law. It's welcome news for the approximately 539,000 North Carolina children with preexisting medical conditions, because this law prevents insurance companies from denying these children coverage. And it's welcome news for women in North Carolina, who will get preventative health services, like cervical cancer screenings, mammograms, well-woman visits and domestic violence screenings; for seniors, who will benefit from a stronger Medicare and from more affordable prescription drugs; and for families, who will no longer have to worry constantly about having their coverage canceled or about being harmed by lifetime caps on patient care. I am committed to continuing to move forward, and to keep fighting to ensure that all North Carolinians have affordable, reliable health coverage that they can count on."
-Gov. Bev Perdue (D)

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"Today's decision by the Supreme Court is disappointing and upholds a law that I believe is the wrong approach for the people of North Carolina. This decision reaffirms what we already knew: the national healthcare law supported by Gov. Perdue and Lt. Gov. Dalton is a tax on North Carolinians. It greatly concerns me that I hear from small business owners in North Carolina that they will not hire more workers because of the costs of this healthcare plan. Our state has one of the worst economies in the country and the last thing our small businesses need is another major impediment to growing their businesses. I hope Congress and our next President can successfully overturn the law and replace it with healthcare reform that is less partisan, divisive, and doesn't put the federal government between doctors and patients."
-Pat McCrory (R-Governor Candidate)

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"The North Carolina Senate does not intend to take up the Health Care Exchange bill this session. The General Assembly needs time to process and understand this mixed ruling on Obamacare."
-NC Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham)

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