Georgia's Republican lawmakers reacted with disappointment Thursday to the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling upholding the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga. jointly released statements.
“I am sorely disappointed that the Court has upheld the individual mandate as a legal tax on the American people." Isakson said in the statement. "Today’s ruling does not change the fact that there have been enormous problems trying to implement this terribly flawed law and that it must be repealed and replaced with a step-by-step approach that makes health care more accessible, affordable and competitive.”
Chambliss echoed his disappointment but said the nation must "respect the decision of the court." He promised to push Congress to repeal the law.
Isakson and Chambliss voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in December 2009, and they have both voted to repeal it.
Meanwhile, Gov. Nathan Deal called a 2 p.m. news conference with Attorney General Sam Olens to discuss the state's next steps following the decision. Georgia was one of 28 states to challenge the constitutionality of the law. Both expressed disappointment with the court's ruling and promised to work to repeal it.