Pence: Supreme Court health decision ‘disappointing’

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul has disappointed those who wanted a fresh start on health care.

Pence, a Republican, said in a written statement that Thursday's ruling "is profoundly disappointing to me and every Hoosier who had hoped this ruling would give our nation the opportunity to start over on health care reform."

"ObamaCare must be repealed and states must be given the flexibility to craft market-based solutions focused on lowering the cost of health care rather than growing the size of government," he said.

"It now falls to the American people to elect new leadership in Washington" that will repeal the overhaul, he said.

The ruling allows about 160,000 low- and moderate-income Indiana residents to keep their subsidies.

The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates Indiana receives more than $51 million in federal tax subsidies to pay for health insurance. The average enrollee received a tax credit of about $320.

Losing the subsidies could have sent premiums skyrocketing. Families USA says premiums for Indiana residents could have jumped from an average of $120 a month to $438.

Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Coats said he was disappointed by the ruling and said the law was poorly written and executed.

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