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Idahoans on both sides react to ruling

Among the Idaho reaction so far to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling this morning upholding the individual mandate and the national health care reform law:

Hannah Brass, Idaho legislative director at Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, issued a statement headed “Idaho Women Win with Today’s Supreme Court Decision, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest applauds preventative health coverage benefits that are already improving the lives of 283,000 Idahoans.” Said Brass, “While we’re glad the Supreme Court upheld the important protections in the ACA, the real credit for the breakthrough legislation belongs to those who passed it. The Affordable Care Act marks the biggest advance for women’s health in a generation, and we thank President Barack Obama for this leadership on this issue.”

Wayne Hoffman, head of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, which opposes the health care reform law, said, “Without question, the ruling is a major blow to freedom. That said, we are not done fighting. The health care system is broken. This law makes that system worse. We plan to continue presenting solutions that help lower costs and improve health outcomes.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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