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Zoeller Says Politics Should Not Decide Health Care Debate

The U.S. Supreme Court wrapped up arguments on the health care reform law this week. It will likely make a final decision in June.

Indiana is one of 26 states challenging the federal Affordable Health Care Act, and state officials say they will readily accept whatever decision the Supreme Court justices make.

Speaking on WFIU’s Noon Edition, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says he disagrees with those who say politics will be a major factor in the Supreme Court’s decision.

“The point that I’ve been trying to make, at least in Indiana, it’s really a legal question as to the limits of federal authority over both individual activity when it comes to requiring commerce, and also its relationship between the federal government and the state,” he says.

Zoeller says ultimately the case is about more than just health care. He says Indiana’s challenge focuses on whether the federal government can force states to participate in the program.

Kosali Simon is an Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs Professor who specializes in economics and health insurance policy. She says no one knows what the implications of the court’s decision will be.

“There’s going to be lots of other questions that come up when you think about putting them to the states to solve them,” Simon says.

Supreme Court justices cast preliminary votes on the law today, but they will not make their official decision until this summer.

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