In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the vast majority of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul, the Indiana attorney general maintains the legal challenge was a worthwhile effort.
Indiana was one of 26 states involved in challenging the Affordable Care Act, specifically the individual mandate that most Americans can be required to have health insurance, or else pay a penalty.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said in a news release Thursday that his office was analyzing the multiple opinions in the ruling.
"I would encourage everyone to maintain civility and respect the United States Supreme Court whether you agree or disagree with the Court's opinion, which is being studied to discern its impact on Indiana Medicaid and the rights of patients concerning their health conditions and procedures," he said.
Zoeller stressed that his office did not spend any additional tax money on outside lawyers or legal fees associated with the challenge beyond the agency's annual budget approved by the Legislature.
He said that the challenge was necessary and important for Indiana.
"Congress imposed an unprecedented mandate on individuals to buy a commercial health insurance product or face a penalty," Zoeller said. "Bringing a legal challenge was, therefore, the only appropriate way for the states to raise this constitutional question to the Supreme Court to decide with finality, and it was important and worthwhile for Indiana to join in this challenge."
The Supreme Court's decision means the historic overhaul will continue to take effect over the next several years, affecting the way countless Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care.
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