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Texas reacts to Affordable Healthcare Act ruling

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Texas - Statesmen in Texas are speaking out against the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act.

It's a victory for some, but a disappointing loss for others, many of whom are leaders in the Lone Star State.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says, "This is a fight that continues to wage across America and in reality nothing was really decided today. It seems like we are saddled with even more uncertainty going forward."

An uncertainty U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison says will coincide with increasing costs for consumers, the injection of the federal government into doctor/patient relationships, and additional burdens to businesses.

Hutchison says, "While the opinion is not very clear in many respects, the result is clear, and that is that we are getting ready to see one of the largest tax increases in the history of our country."

But U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry says the House is going to vote once again, to repeal the Court's "big mistake."

Thornberry adds, "I think the most important sentence in the whole opinion was in the dissent, where the 4 justices who disagreed, said basically this has put liberty in jeopardy."

Despite the decision, U.S. Senator John Cornyn says this thing isn't over yet.

He explains, "The only way to stop the overreaching by the Federal Government, including the President's flawed bill, is to elect a new president and a Congress that will repeal and replace this fundamentally flawed law."

Something he believes can be done through creating patient driven reforms that increase transparency and boost private competition.

There are some 6 million residents in Texas currently uninsured, who may face the fine for failing to purchase insurance.

In 2014, that penalty will be $285 per family or 1% of income, whichever is greater.

That fee jumps in 2016 to $2,085 per family, or 2.5% of income.

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