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Mid-South lawmakers respond to Obamacare ruling

(WMC-TV) - The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision to uphold the mandate on the Affordable Health Care Law has Democrats claiming victory as Republicans vow to repeal.

In Mississippi, there are about 618,000 uninsured residents. That makes up about 21 percent of the state's entire population.

Because this ruling has the potential to affect so many people in the state, Mississippi congressmen have strong opinions on the Supreme Court's decision.

U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson represents the 2nd congressional district. He is among the Democrats thrilled with the Supreme Court's 5 to 4 decision.

"That we now will be able over the next two years, offer affordable health care to every American citizen," said Thompson over the phone.

According to the Associated Press, Mississippi has about 618,000 uninsured residents. That makes up about 21 percent of the state's entire population.

The Republican representative for Mississippi's 1st Congressional district says Obamacare is not the way to help those in need of medical insurance.

"It's gonna continue to increase the cost of health care. It's gonna make healthcare more difficult for Mississippians to obtain," said Rep. Alan Nunnelle via Skype.

As for an alternative, Rep. Nunnellee said we need to throw out the President's plan and start all over.

"We need to have a health care system where the patient is in charge. We don't need to have a health care system driven by Washington Bureaucrats nor do we need to have a health care system driven by accountants," said Rep. Nunnelle.

Instead of "starting over," Thompson said it is time for this country to move on.

"We need to now move forward passing a highway bill, looking forward to moving this economy in a positive direction," said Rep. Thompson.

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