DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced his disappointment with the Supreme Courtâ€™s
health care ruling Thursday but did claim a victory in how the court ruled on the issue.
"I am disappointed by the Supreme Court's decision on the constitutionality of Obamacare,â€ť DeWine said, â€śIt is a matter now that will again be fought in the political arena and will be the preeminent issue of the presidential campaign.â€ť
The State of Ohio, through a motion filed by DeWine, joined the suit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Health Care Act in January 2011.
"There is a victory in this case,â€ť he added, â€śThe Supreme Court did not expand the powers under the Commerce Clause. While I am disappointed in Justice Roberts' decision, he was the leader in restricting the Commerce Clause, an expansion of which would have been detrimental to our country. If that would have been upheld, it would mean there are no limits to what Congress could compel Americans to purchase.â€ť
"While we lost the battle over Obamacare, we did win the war on the true meaning of the Commerce Clause," DeWine said in closing.
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The government of Ohio is composed of the executive branch, led by the Governor; the legislative branch, which comprises the Ohio General Assembly; and the judicial branch, which is led by the Supreme Court.