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Harkin: ‘Pleased’ at announcement of SCOTUS hearing for health care reform challenge

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin said he was “pleased” Monday that the nation’s highest court had decided to “promptly resolve conflicting lower court decisions” regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Labeling lawsuits launched against the landmark health care reform as “politically-motivated,” Harkin said in statement that he was sure the U.S. Supreme Court would find the law constitutional.

Here’s Harkin’s full statement:

“I’m pleased that the Supreme Court has decided to promptly resolve conflicting lower court decisions concerning the Affordable Care Act. These politically-motivated lawsuits are a waste of judicial resources, and an unnecessary distraction from the important work of moving ahead with implementing the health reform law.

“I am confident that the Court will uphold the Act’s constitutionality, affirming the common sense notion that, as a Republican-appointed D.C. Circuit judge wrote last week, the Constitution gives Congress the power to ‘forge national solutions to national problems.’ Virtually all Americans will use health care, whether or not they choose to purchase insurance. Thus, the Constitution gives Congress the power to make that marketplace fairer and more affordable. The Affordable Care Act does just that.

“I look forward to the Court ending this period of legal uncertainty, allowing us to focus on expanding coverage and improving health care quality for all Americans.”

Gov. Terry Branstad is among Republican officials from 26 states and a small business advocacy group that asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the entire law. SCOTUS announced Monday that it would hear the case.

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