Local leaders react after Supreme Court health care ruling

July 10, 2012

By Staff

King County Executive Dow Constantine and other elected officials split along party lines June 28 after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on the federal health care overhaul.

In a complex decision, justices on the high court ruled 5-4 to uphold the individual mandate — a requirement for all Americans to enroll in a health insurance plan or pay a penalty.

The ruling also limited the plan in the Affordable Care Act — dubbed Obamacare by some — to expand Medicaid for the poor.

Constantine, a Democrat, highlighted the potential impact for uninsured King County.

“And for the nearly quarter of a million people in King County who do not have health insurance this is truly a welcome life-and-death decision,” he said in a statement.

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, a Republican and the Issaquah representative in Congress, said legislators must work to refine the health care law.

State Attorney General Rob McKenna, the highest-ranking Republican official in the state, joined the effort to repeal the health care overhaul and defended the challenge during a June 1 stop at Issaquah High School.

Gov. Chris Gregoire, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and other Washington state Democrats lauded the ruling.

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