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Beacon News - Congressional Candidates Weigh in on Health Care Ruling

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U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert, Republican candidate in the 11th Congressional District

"With or without the unpopular health mandate, the cost of care continues to rise, and it's up to Republicans and Democrats alike to work across the aisle on solutions. I'm disappointed that the court did not put a stop to the government overreach. But Washington still has a responsibility to fix polices that are raising costs, hurting job creation, siphoning millions from Medicare, and placing an added layer of bureaucracy between patients and their doctors."

Bill Foster, Democratic candidate in the 11th Congressional District

"An independent Supreme Court majority appointed by presidents of both parties have come together to uphold a law that says children with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied health insurance, insurance companies cannot drop your coverage if you get sick, and seniors can pay less for their medicine. Congress should come together on a bipartisan basis to do more to reduce the cost of health care for small businesses and middle-class families."

U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, Republican candidate in the 14th Congressional District

"Today, I'm disappointed for America. This entire law goes against American principles. ... The court has ruled that the government can tax you not only for choosing an action -- moving to a certain neighborhood, earning a certain amount, or having a certain number of dependents -- but for choosing inaction. This is unprecedented."

Dennis Anderson, Democratic candidate in the 14th Congressional District

"What we saw was a classic example of "if you can't convince them, confuse them.' Opponents of the act have relied on a variety of scare tactics, ranging from "death panels' to "socialism.' Implementation of the act will make care available to millions who have been locked out of the health care system and ... will reduce the deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars."


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