Nevadans Wait for Decision on Health Care

SPARKS, NV - Will the US Supreme Court uphold President Barack Obama's health care plan, or strike it down? A decision could be announced by the highest court on Thursday.

Mark Hutchison, a governor-appointed attorney challenging Obama's health care plan on behalf of Nevada, said he considers it unconstitutional "in many facets."

The challenge heard in March by the US Supreme Court centers on the mandate Americans buy health insurance.

Hutchison appeared with several small business owners at a Mitt Romney campaign event Monday. The event was held in an industrial building that manufactures hydraulic products in Sparks. The owner of the business, Tom Dickman, said health insurance premiums have climbed higher -- something he ascribes to the president's health care overhaul.

"If we find that our overhead is being increased by unfunded mandates such as Obamacare it puts us at a huge disadvantage," he said.

Democrats are countering. Pam DuPre is the executive director of the Democratic Party of Washoe County. She said: "hundreds of thousands of Nevadans have already benefited from the Affordable Care Act." She said that includes seniors who receive prescription drug discounts, and those with pre-existing conditions.

As governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney passed a similar mandate for health insurance. However, Hutchison said states should have the ability to make such decisions. He said it's over-reaching for the federal government to do the same.


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