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I don't know if they lied. But it was dishonest.

The North Country reacts to Supreme Court health insurance ruling

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The U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the national health insurance law is drawing mixed opinions in the North Country.

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Julie Grant
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Gary Coffey was in the health care industry for more than 30 years.  Today he was waiting for a doctor’s appointment in Canton.   Coffey says he’s glad the Supreme Court has ruled the health insurance law constitutional

“I think it’s absolutely wonderful", he said. "For people like myself whose been a diabetic since I was 11.  I couldn’t afford to buy insurance.  I tried getting it after my transplant.  I had to go through the local Chamber of Commerce to get a group plan to pick me.  And it the cost was outrageous, even through a group plan like that.”

Coffey says once New Yorkers are old enough for Medicare, they don’t have much choice for health insurance.  He thinks the new law will help provide more options.

Dick Peck of Alexandria Bay was also waiting for a doctor’s appointment.  But Peck doesn’t trust Obamacare to help anything.  He says he’s heard President Obama talk out of both sides of his mouth on the individual mandate. “You have to play back his soundbites…it’s not a tax, it’s not a tax.   And then they argued to SUPCO that it was a tax…that’s the only way they got it through.  I don’t know if they lied.  But it was dishonest.”

We’ll have more local reaction tomorrow during Morning Edition and the 8 O’Clock Hour.

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