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Local Reaction to Healthcare Debate

Cassandra Duvall

Local Reaction to Healthcare Debate

CREATED Jun. 25, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - In just three days, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to finish its term, with one of the most far reaching rulings in decades, regarding President Obama’s heath care law.

This Thursday, the Supreme Court is expected to decide whether Obamacare is upheld, struck down, or something in between.

“We have these new American freedoms, and I hope very much the Supreme Court does not steal these freedoms from us. They were a century in the making. We finally have them,” said former Congregant Dr. Steve Kagen.

Kagen said the new law has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on the state of Wisconsin, and the entire country.

“Our new health care law now has secured new freedoms for you and everyone in your family. You're free from discrimination due to pre-existing medical conditions. You're free to go to the doctor of your choice,” he said.

But there are plenty of others who don’t see it that way.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Neumann is hopeful the Supreme Court will overturn the health care law, allowing business owners to decide what's best for the people they employ.

“The federal government - Barrack Obama - dictating what's in insurance policies is wrong in general. It should be business owners like myself sitting down with our employees and discussing it, as necessary, in the insurance plan they want, and then talking to our insurance company and providing the best insurance we can for our employees in the most cost-effective manner,” said Neumann.

A number of opponents believe the law crossed the constitutional line when it required all Americans to buy health insurance, or pay a penalty.