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Monday, March 26, 2012 - 1:23pm

Doctors Rally For Health Care Law

Updated: 2 years ago.
Supporters say thousands of Georgians are already benefiting from aspects of the law including the pre-existing condition insurance plan OR PCIP

Dozens of Georgia medical professionals rallied at the State Capitol Monday to ask lawmakers to withdraw the state's lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act.

The rally coincides with the start of a three day Supreme Court session where the court will hear arguments challenging the constitutionality of the Health Care Reform law.

Supporters say thousands of Georgians are already benefiting from aspects of the law including the pre-existing condition insurance plan OR PCIP

Gwen Jones, a self-employed realtor says her health insurance plan began to increase $100 per month until she just couldn't afford it anymore.

"So I decided to change that insurance company and tell them I no longer wanted them and I started shopping around, only to find out since I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes I was unable to get any other insurance," said Jones.

Health care professionals say In the past two years 1500 Georgians have received care from the PCIP.

State Attorney General Sam Olens says protesters don't realize the challenge isn't aimed at denying people health care, but rather, determining if the law is constitutional.

" From a legal perspective you can't use economic inactivity, the failure to buy a product as a way to seek federal jurisdiction," said Olens. The issue is whether or not there is a limit on Congress' authority to dictate what American's do."

Georgia is one of 26 states that filed suit against the law.

“It was an honor to attend today’s oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of all Georgia taxpayers,” said Olens. “The lawsuit brought by Georgia and 25 other states is appropriate at this time, and we need not wait until 2014 when the penalties mandated by the President’s federal health care plan begin to take effect. The issues at stake are too significant to delay a decision from our Nation’s highest Court.”

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