Obamacare supporters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court June 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its ruling on the Affordable Healthcare Act this morning. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling upholding the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul will make the law the predominant issue of the fall presidential campaign.
DeWine, a Republican, told The Associated Press he is disappointed in Thursday's decision and says a vote for the GOP presidential and congressional ticket this fall will be a vote to repeal the law assuring coverage for many uninsured Ohioans.
DeWine said opponents of the law scored a victory because justices did not expand the Commerce Clause, an outcome that DeWine says would have made Congress' power virtually unlimited.
DeWine said the state's involvement will continue in a lawsuit disputing the law on the grounds it compels people to violate their religious principles.
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