Ruling aftermath: Johanns to concentrate on repeal, Sorensen says reforms taking place will continue
Senator Mike Johanns says he will continue to work hard to repeal the nation's health care reform law that the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled is constitutional.
Johanns says while he respects the court's opinion on the individual mandate that is the key part of the law, he doesn't agree with the Court's finding that it is constitutional as a tax.
Johanns says repeal of the law is where his energies will focus now that a High Court decision has been made.
Johanns says things like allowing small businesses to pool together for insurance, reforming medical malpractice and the entitlements, and allowing insurance companies to compete across state lines would help make a difference.
Regional West Medical Center President Todd Sorensen says today's Supreme Court ruling on the federal health care law won't impact patients much until 2014, when many of its provisions take effect.
Sorensen says he was surprised about the court viewing the penalties involving with the individual mandate clause as a tax, but change is occurring with or without the ruling.
Sorensen says the situation is fluid because Congress may still decide to make changes in the law or eliminate it altogether depending on what happens in November.
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