One of the first votes that Rep. Bill Owens took in Congress was in favor of President Obama's health-care law.
More than two years after the vote, the Supreme Court has upheld the law, which will have broad implications for both the health-care industry and for the north country's congressional race.
Mr. Owens' Republican opponent, Matt Doheny, supports repeal of the bill. Mr. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, wants to change parts of it, like repealing a medical-device tax, but broadly speaking, wants to maintain the law.
Here is Mr. Owens' statement:
“Now that the court has ruled, Democrats and Republicans must come together to implement the law, which includes making changes where appropriate to improve provisions that still need work. The goal has always been to expand coverage, improve health care outcomes, and reduce costs for patients and providers. Now the debate is over and it's time to move forward with those goals in mind.”
And here's the statement from Mr. Doheny:
"The Supreme Court today ruled that Bill Owens and Barack Obama helped passed one of the largest – if not the largest – tax increases in American history.
"The partisan ObamaCare bill has been, and will continue to be, a nightmare for the average upstate New Yorker.
"My opponent has left behind a string of broken promises. He said ObamaCare would pay for itself. It doesn’t. He said it would protect Medicare for seniors. It doesn’t. He said it would allow ordinary Americans to keep the health care plan they like. It doesn’t.
"And, the Supreme Court says it is constitutional under Congress’ ability to tax - making it a tax increase.
"ObamaCare has convinced job creators to stand on the sidelines, which has lead to our jobless recovery and kept our economy teetering on the brink of another recession.
"Americans know this bill is bad for our country. We must repeal this bill and that’s what I’ll do to put America back to work."