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South Dakota lawmakers weigh in on health care ruling

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It's a major victory for the Obama administration Thursday. The United States Supreme Court upheld the controversial health care law.

Now South Dakota lawmakers are weighing in on the issue.

South Dakota Senator John Thune isn't happy about the court's decision. The republican says health care reform is bad policy.

"The democrats rammed a nearly 3,000 page bill through Congress using backroom deals and political favors and for a bill that so far we've seen is health insurance costs going up 17%," Thune said.

Meanwhile, South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson says the decision is a huge win for South Dakota and the nation. The democrat says this has made a positive difference for tens of thousands of people in South Dakota.

"Nearly 100,000 South Dakotans on medicare received free preventative services like mammograms and colonoscopies as a results of health care reform. Already this year, beneficiaries reaching the donut hole saved an average of $680 on prescription drugs with the help of health care reform," Johnson said.

But South Dakota Representative Kristi Noem doesn't agree. The republican says she's disappointed because she believes health care is a personal decision not the governments.

"The difference between the President and me is he believes the government can make the best decision for South Dakotans. I believe South Dakotans can make the best decisions for themselves. The road ahead won't be easy and I won't stop until I repeal this law," Representative Kristi Noem said.

Johnson says he plans to continue working with members of both parties to lower health care costs and increase health insurance coverage.

Thune says the house announced to vote on a full repeal the week of July 9th.

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