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Lungren, Bera React to Health Care Ruling By Supreme Court

Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Gold River) and Ami Bera released statements Thursday reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act.

reacted to in very different ways.

Elk Grove resident Ami Bera praised the high court's decision that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is constitutional, while Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Gold River) called the ruling "very disappointing."

Bera, a doctor, said Thursday's court decision was "just the start" of health care reform, adding that health care costs are too high and decisions are often made by people other than doctors.

"We cannot go back to the days where thousands of patients with cancer, diabetes, and other life threatening conditions are denied care," Bera said in a press release. "We must ensure that all children have health coverage, and that seniors will no longer face the impossible choice of what prescriptions they can fill."

Meanwhile, Lungren criticised the court's ruling that the health care law's individual mandate could be allowed as a tax. He said lower courts, Democrats and even President Barack Obama have rejected that characterization.

"The Court today has said that Congress effectively has unlimited authority to tax the American people," Lungren said in a press release. "Above all, the Court has ratified a law that fundamentally alters the relationship between the federal government and the American people. The Court has upheld a law that I believe is not only unconstitutional but also fails to improve the quality of health care in this country."

Lungren went on to say he supports "targeted reforms that increase access to affordable, quality health care and places the individual and families in control of their own health care decisions."

This likely won't be the last time the issue comes up in this , as Bera's history as a doctor and a former Sacramento County Chief Medical Officer is one of his major campaign points.

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Carmichael, which candidate is correct on this issue? Do you support Bera or Lungren's position? Let us know in the comments section below.

Alice Smith June 29, 2012 at 06:42 AM
Mr. Lungren is out of touch with women and low income voters who need Affordable Healthcare, as does every American. How very elitist he is.
Andrew Gayner June 29, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Interesting view Alice, He does have a touch of elitist in him:)
Lorine June 29, 2012 at 10:52 PM
I agree with Andrew Gayner, Mr Lungren is the polar opposite of elitist. He cares deeply about women, low income individuals (whether voters or not), and all of us. He has much more intelligent ways of addressing the issues of safe and affordable healthcare... Obama"care" is NOT the answer.
John Phillips June 30, 2012 at 12:05 AM
If we really had medical insurance that pick up the tab for the big items and we paid a high tax free deductible there would be some price pressure on healthcare to keep costs down. As it is we do not have insurance, we have prepaid healthcare. If you can get a $100,000 hospitalization without having to pay anything for it and not even know how much you are spending there is know reason to reduce the price. Obama care does nothing to reduce prices. It is a coverage bill. I am for Dan.... I have talked with him and he seems to really care.

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