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Local Republicans React to SCOTUS Ruling

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Reporter: Carleigh Griffeth

Lynchburg, VA- Reaction to the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Obama's Affordable Care Act continues.

Democrats are celebrating the decision, saying it's a win for all Americans.

We spoke to several Republicans from our area and we found the sentiment was pretty much the same across the board.

They say they were both surprised, and disappointed by the Supreme Court's ruling. But they also say this battle over healthcare isn't finished, far from it. They say it's only beginning.

Only hours after the Supreme Court's five-four decision, Republicans had planned another vote to repeal the law.

"A vote for a repeal of the President's health care law is set for July and I don't think that date can come soon enough," said Rep. Robert Hurt, (R) 5th District.

But with opposition in the Senate, these representatives say they can't get rid of this law alone.

"It's my hope that the people will contact their senators, contact the President and let them know how concerned they are," said Rep. Bob Goodlatte, (R) 6th District.

"It's critical that citizens across this country who believe that we should repeal the law have got to make their voices heard," said Rep. Hurt.

Mitt Romney took the ruling as chance to pick up some straggling voters.

"What the court did not do in its last day in session, I will do on my first day if elected president of the United States. And that is, I will act, to repeal Obamacare," said Mitt Romney, Republican Presidential Candidate.

And according to Representative Goodlatte, that's exactly what Americans want to see.

"Now that they're finding out what was in it, they know it's a bad law and they want to see it repealed," said Rep. Goodlatte.

But in the midst of all the dissent, President Obama still stands by his law.

"Whatever the politics, today's decision is a victory for people all over the country whose lives will be more secure because of this law and the Supreme Court's decision to uphold it," said President Obama.

President Obama says he knows his healthcare law has been controversial and divisive. But adds that he wasn't trying to win any popularity contests with it. He says he believes it's the best thing for our country.

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