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Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 06/28/2012

O’Malley weighs in on health-care ruling

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (Brian Witte/AP)
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said Thursday that the Supreme Court’s decision to largely uphold President Obama’s health-care law would “protect the lives of millions of Marylanders and millions of Americans.”

“Today’s decision gives considerable momentum to our health-care reform efforts here in Maryland,” O’Malley (D) said in a statement jointly issued with Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown. “What it does not — and indeed must not — do, is give us license to take our eye off the ball or slow our progress. Moms, dads, and kids throughout Maryland are counting on their elected leaders to continue the mission of lowering costs, and improving the quality of care. We remain as committed as ever to moving forward on behalf of our families.”

Under O’Malley’s tenure, Maryland has been one of the more aggressive states in implementing the provisions of the federal law.

Update, 1:30 p.m.:

Maryland House Minority Leader Anthony J. O’Donnell (R-Calvert) has told reporters that while he is disappointed in the Supreme Court ruling, he respects it. Carrying out the federal health-care law in Maryland could add to state’s project budget shortfalls, O’Donnell warned. “Maryland will be forced to raise taxes at state level, again,” he said.

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