Updated June 28, 12 p.m. - The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act - better known as "Obamacare" - Thursday, June 28.
"This is an egregious overreach of federal government authority," Georgia State Senator John Albers (R-Roswell) told Patch via e-mail when asked how he felt about the ruling. "Our founding fathers feared this type of action and it is now incumbent upon the states to opt out of this flawed mandate and elect a President and Congress to overturn this law. We must return to the principles that made America great. I am disappointed and ready to do everything possible to protect Georgia and America by overturning Obamacare."
Bloomberg Law's SCOTUSblog continued live coverage of the ruling following the 10 a.m. decision, with added expert analysis of the act and how the federal court came down. President Barack Obama was said to be monitoring SCOTUSblog during the ruling, according to Yahoo! News.
Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams said that she is pleased with the ruling.
"The Supreme Court today issued an extraordinary ruling that will help millions of American families achieve better access to medical care and no longer have to choose between economic security and their health," Abrams said in a press release. "We are very pleased by the Court’s decision to uphold President Obama’s signature achievement and its protections for Georgia families. Two million Georgians will have new access to insurance, and more will gain preventative care, lower costs and quality service."
What Does the Affordable Health Care Act Do
The act doesn't create a national healthcare system, but does ban healthcare companies from denying coverage and requires individuals to maintain coverage for themselves, or be fined, a sticking point some have deemed unconstitutional.
Check back with Patch for updates and local opinions of the ruling.