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Reaction from Kentucky, Indiana lawmakers on Capitol Hill

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The reaction from Kentucky and Indiana lawmakers on Capitol Hill was split along partisan lines.  There were disagreements as to whether the health care law has provided people with better and cheaper coverage, whether it creates or kills jobs, and whether it is good for small businesses.

"The supposed cure has proved to be worse than the disease."  Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell's reaction to the Supreme Court decision was swift and disapproving. 

McConnell spoke on the Senate floor within an hour of the decision, and his criticism was wide-ranging:  "Americans were promised lower health care costs. They're going up.  Americans were promised lower premiums. They're going up.  Most Americans were promised their taxes wouldn't change. They're going up."

McConnell also stated that Medicare was "raided to pay for a new entitlement instead."  And he quoted the Congressional Budget Office as predicting nearly one million jobs would be lost.  "So it's not just that the promises about this law weren't kept," McConnell said. "It's that it has made the problems it was meant to solve even worse."

He called for a full repeal of the health care law, and for passing "common-sense, step-by-step reforms that protect Americans' access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at a lower cost."

Kentucky's other Senator, Rand Paul, issued a statement that was shorter but just as critical: 

"Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional' does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional. While the court may have erroneously come to the conclusion that the law is allowable, it certainly does nothing to make this mandate or government takeover of our health care right," Sen. Paul said.

"Obamacare is wrong for Americans. It will destroy our health care system. This now means we fight every hour, every day until November to elect a new President and a new Senate to repeal Obamacare," he continued.  

Kentucky Third District Representative John Yarmuth, however, said he and millions of Americans were celebrating:  "The law lowers costs, strengthens care, and – once fully implemented – will guarantee all Americans access to quality, affordable coverage while creating nearly 6 million new jobs in the health care sector."

Yarmuth also said health care reform is already saving seniors hundreds of dollars in prescription drug costs as well as providing free preventive services including cancer screenings and vaccinations.  He also said hundreds of thousands of small businesses have used tax credits so two million workers can have coverage.

"Because of the negative effect on our economy and job creation, I'm disappointed that the so-called individual mandate requiring every American to purchase health insurance will stand.  However, I am pleased that the Court has affirmed that our federal government is constitutionally limited in its ability to regulate Americans' lives.

Republican Ninth District Representative Todd Young called the law "bad public policy."  He said it "remains unpopular with a large majority of Hoosiers who demand the law be repealed or improved."

Young said the law doesn't control rising health care costs and interferes with the relationship between doctors and patients.

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