The political fight ramped up immediately after the Supreme Court ruling Thursday morning, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell saying the court has stripped away the pretense and exposed the tax increases in the law.
"The Supreme Court has spoken. This law is a tax. The bill was sold to the American people on a deception," Mr. McConnell said, adding that the GOP will continue to pushing to ax the law.
"The court's ruling doesn't mark the end of the debate. It marks a fresh start on the road to repeal," he said.
And Majority leader Eric Cantor said the House will vote to repeal the health care law next month, delivering on GOP promises to try to repeal the rest of the law even if the court upheld it.
"The Court's decision brings into focus the choice the American people have about the direction of our country," he said. "The president and his party believe in massive government intrusions that increase costs and take decisions away from patients."
But Democrats said the ruling will give them time to implement the law and sell its benefits to the public, even as they plan tweaks.
"No one thinks this law is perfect," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat. "But Democrats have proven we're willing to work with Republicans to improve the problems that exist in this law or any other law."
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