Attorney General Luther Strange Disappointed with Healthcare Ruling

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By CBS 8 News

Attorney General Luther Strange says he's disappointed by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on healthcare.

Attorney General Luther Strange says while he respects the courts ruling he strongly disagrees with it. He says the individual mandate was sold to the American people as a penalty, but is now ruled constitutional as a tax, the very thing the Obama Administration and Congress insisted it was not.

Attorney General Luther Strange says he approached the Affordable Care Act from the commerce aspect -- that it was unconstitutional to force people to pay for health insurance, and the courts agreed.

However, the courts ruled that it is constitutional to enforce it as a tax, which nullifies any agreement the courts had with his commerce argument. He says the only people that can change the decision now are voters.

"What was done today can be undone on election day in November with the election of a conservative Congress and a conservative president, so that's where the attention turns now," Strange said.

Strange says while he must accept the Supreme Court ruling, he will continue to fight individual mandates like forcing religious groups to provide coverage for sterilization and contraception without regard for their religious beliefs.

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