- Associated Press - Thursday, June 28, 2012

WASHINGTON — House Speaker JohnBoehner says the Supreme Court ruling upholding the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul shows the need to repeal the law.

The Ohio Republican said in a statement that the law is hurting the economy by increasing health care costs and making it difficult for small businesses to hire.

He said the court’s ruling demands repeal of the entire law.

Boehner said Americans want a common-sense approach to health care. He says Republicans are ready to work with a president who’s willing to listen to the people and “will not repeat the mistakes that gave our country ‘Obamacare.’”

Senate Majority Leader HarryReid is pleased by the ruling, and says it’s time now for Congress to move on to other business.

The Nevada Democrat says no one believes the law is perfect, but that Democrats have shown they’ll work with Republicans to improve it.

Reid made his comments in the Senate chamber Thursday, minutes after the Supreme Court upheld the law.

Reid also is criticizing Republicans, saying GOP lawmakers are more interested in giving power back to insurance companies. He says passing the law is the single greatest step in generations to ensuring affordable health care for people in the United States.


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