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How are conservatives reacting to health care ruling?

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is asked by Massaschusetts residents about health care. EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

Today's Supreme Court ruling was a disappointment for many conservatives, who hoped that the entire 'Obamacare' plan would be repealed, or at least the individual mandate.

Since the court ruled that the individual mandate was a tax, and not a fee, it didn't expand the commerce clause. That's an important distinction for states rights advocates. Mike Tanner, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, says means the federal government doesn't have the power to mandate exactly what states do in the future.

Tanner also believes the Affordable Care Act will go back to Congress and lawmakers will make amendments, but the chance of the law going away completely is now gone. The upcoming election in November will be important for the act's future.


Mike Tanner, a Senior fellow at the Cato Institute.

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