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Haslam Makes Statement on High Court’s Health Care Ruling

Gov. Bill Haslam says he is still at odds with federal health care reforms despite the high court’s decision to uphold the law.

But he’s surprised the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states cannot be forced into expanding their Medicaid programs within the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”

Haslam offered his thoughts on the ruling — which took up the individual mandate requirement in the so-called “Obamacare” health care law —  in a YouTube video released a few hours after the ruling was made public.

The 49-second clip featured him reading almost word-for-word from a press release his office send out earlier in the day.

“What was unanticipated is the section of the opinion that says states cannot be forced to expand their Medicaid program. This particular portion of the ruling is significant, but it’s a little premature to know the exact ramifications,” he said before plugging in an endorsement for presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the November election as an alternative way to repeal the health care law.

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