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Locals react to Supreme Court health care decision

Opinions mixed on 5-4 decision

July 02, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — As might be expected, local reaction to the Thursday, June 28, 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act is mixed.

Take, for example, State Rep. Peter Durant. Although he openly states his dislike of the law itself, he argues the court made the right decision in a legal sense and "commend[s] the court for not making law."

Specifically, he's referring to a key nuance in the decision — that the ACA's authority to require people who don't buy insurance is constitutional under the Congressional power to levy taxes, rather than the alternative argument, which was that the act is valid under the Commerce Clause (which allows the federal government to regulate business crossing state lines).

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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