Reactions from physician politicians to the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were split along party lines.
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), a former obstetrician-gynecologist, told Modern Healthcare that he was "shocked and bitterly disappointed" in the outcome. However, he said the ruling could boost the election chances for presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.
"This is a victory for Romney, because it will drive turnout to the polls in November like nothing else," said Gingrey, co-chair of the GOP Doctors Caucus.
John Hart, spokesman for Rep. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) also suggested that the law's fate could ultimately be decided in November.
“Dr. Coburn will be reviewing the ruling and will respond with an updated plan to repeal and replace this unworkable law," Hart said in an e-mail. "The court affirmed Congress' power to tax people if they don't eat their broccoli. Now it's up to the American people to decide whether they will tolerate this obscene abuse of individual liberty.”