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Affordable Care Act upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

Donna Gorton, left, director of nursing for Hudson Headwater Health Network, looks over reports with Dr. Kathleen Pangia and medical assistant Angel Perkins at the Ticonderoga clinic..

Donna Gorton, left, director of nursing for Hudson Headwater Health Network, looks over reports with Dr. Kathleen Pangia and medical assistant Angel Perkins at the Ticonderoga clinic.. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

Matt Doheny, who hopes to unseat Owens, said the law will result in possibly one of the largest tax increases in American history. It will be a nightmare for the average upstate New Yorker, he said.

“My opponent has left behind a string of broken promises,” Doheny said. “He said ObamaCare would pay for itself. It doesn’t. He said it would protect Medicare for seniors. It doesn’t. He said it would allow ordinary Americans to keep the health care plan they like. It doesn’t.”

The Affordable Care Act convinced job creators to stand on the sidelines, he continued, something that has lead to the jobless recovery, while keeping the economy “teetering on the brink of another recession.”

“Americans know this bill is bad for our country,” Doheny said. “We must repeal this bill and that’s what I’ll do to put America back to work.”

For Nancy Brown, the court’s action reminds everyone that enabling all Americans to obtain affordable, quality health care is important. And for the 122 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, said the CEO of the American Heart Association, the decision will be met with a sigh of relief.

“No longer will they be denied coverage of charged high premiums because of their health status.”

In a nutshell, explained New York state AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento, the Affordable Care Act “finally puts patients over corporate profits.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo thanked Obama and his administration, saying the Affordable Care Act will provide millions of Americans nationwide and more than one million New Yorkers access to health care.

“We will continue to move forward with implementing the health exchange that will lower coverage costs for New York’s businesses and help ensure that uninsured New Yorkers have access to health care.”

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