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South Dakotans chime in on Supreme Court's health care ruling

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Here in South Dakota, the Supreme Court's ruling is also causing quite a stir among state officials. While many in Washington celebrate the passing of the Affordable Health Care Act. The over-arching theme in Mount Rushmore State could be summed up as disappointment.

"Overall it's just going to cause a lot of taxes for the entire U.S." Said Dave Pinos.

"I think everyone should have health insurance but I also think it's something we should pay out of pocket for." Said Scott Jacobs.

Attorney General Marty Jackley also voiced his concerns Thursday. He believes forcing health insurance on people is not only constitutionally flawed, but the costs could trickle down and cause widespread problems.

"Now small businesses may not be able to offer as many employment or family type coverage for insurance, which is going to leave South Dakotans in a difficult place of not having affordable insurance or having to pay a tax." Said Jackley.

Another opponent is former governor Mike Rounds, who was also a part of the bi-partisan health care task force. Rounds says the task force's biggest concern was and still is the cost to fund this endeavor.

"Who will pay for the additional costs for individuals that are supposed to be covered under this plan, but are not covered today?" Asked Rounds.

Rounds believes the buck will be passed on to current policy holders in the form of higher premiums or co-pays to make up the difference. Even then the costs for this overhaul is a whopping $240 billion per year.

One big question that hasn't been answered is how big of a fine will be imposed if you decline insurance? And whether that fine will actually push people into getting insurance.

Both sides can claim some victory with Thursday's ruling, but Rounds believes this is just the beginning.

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