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The Journal Times - Rep. Ryan: Fate of Health Care Law to be Determined in November Election

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Location: Washington, DC

Stephanie Jones

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Thursday to uphold most of the health care reform law is disappointing, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said in a phone interview from Washington, D.C., following the decision.

"But we are not deterred," said Ryan, the Janesville Republican who represents Racine County in Congress. "Ultimately this is going to be up to the American people through their elected representatives this fall to decide whether this law stands or not."

He went on to say, "I find it interesting to note that the Supreme Court ruled that Congress is limited in its ability to regulate behavior but it is not limited in its behavior to tax and spend and to try to tax people's behavior. This is something that the Supreme Court decided was not their call and it's going to be the call of the American people this fall."

If the Republicans take the majority, he believes they will be able to repeal most of this law with a simple majority of the House and Senate.

Although, some of the regulatory parts of the law would take 60 votes in the Senate, said Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee and one of Mitt Romney's possible GOP vice president picks. Ryan said he believes every Republican in the U.S. Senate now would vote to repeal the health care law.

If the law is not repealed, Ryan said, people are going to lose their work insurance and have to go on the medical exchange, the quality of Medicare will be in jeopardy and it will lead to an explosion of the country's debt.

Ryan said there are affordable health care alternatives "without a government takeover of the health care system."

But he said if Republicans gain the majority "we don't want to cram through our 2,700 page bill in the dark of night without a transparent process."

It would take some time to do it right, Ryan said referring to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. But he said it clearly can be done in next year's session.


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