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MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -
Alabamians reacted with different opinions to the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Healthcare Act.
By a vote of 5-4, the Supreme Court sided with the Obama Administration. The law mandates Americans take out health insurance or opt in to the government's.
Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard disagreed with the high court's stance.
"For the federal government to force people to buy something, engage in, and be involved in commerce, I think, is absolutely unconscionable," Hubbard said minutes after the opinion came down.
But Alabama Democrats celebrated the decision.
Madison County Democrats leader Clete Wetli had no doubt the measure would be held constitutional.
"Democrats are very excited about this because this fundamentally was the morally right thing to do for everybody," said Wetli. "I think that the Republicans don't have a leg to stand on here."
But Madison County dermatologist Dr. John Sowell didn't believe the Healthcare Law would help his industry. Instead, he believes many doctors will retire early because they don't want to be told by the government how to take care of patients. He equates it to the current VA hospital system.
"VA hospitals tend to be staffed by smart, kind, caring people who have a hard time delivering good care because of the bureaucratic nonsense you have to go through," said Dr. Sowell.
The ruling is the second major opinion to come down from the Supreme Court in less than a week. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court tossed out three sections of Arizona's Immigration Law.