Views On Health Care Ruling Mixed Among Local Lawmakers
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on June 28, 2012 @ 2:16PM
Created on June 28, 2012 @ 1:56PM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia's top Democrats are offering mixed reviews of the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the federal health care overhaul.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Thursday that he would work with the state's federal delegation on how to move forward, adding that he would "do what is best for West Virginia."
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said Congress needs to repair the legislation. While he supports several aspects, he said the mandate for individuals to buy health insurance "doesn't make sense to West Virginians."
Manchin and Tomblin have publically distanced themselves from President Obama, who championed the health care overhaul.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller embraced the ruling but said he was concerned about its effects on Medicaid.
State Republicans, meanwhile, denounced the ruling and renewed their calls for a full repeal.
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