Healthcare providers today are digesting the ruling.

Healthcare providers today are digesting the ruling. (Margaret Cheatham William / Los Angeles Times / June 22, 2012 / June 28, 2012)

Rep. David Dreier (R-San Dimas) had a much different take on the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold President Obama’s healthcare law than his Democratic colleague, Adam Schiff.

Dreier, whose district includes La Crescenta and La Canada Flintridge, said in a statement released after the court’s ruling today that it “makes clear what many of us have said all along -- the flawed healthcare law represents one of the largest tax increases in American history.”

The High Court voted 5-4 to uphold Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- the most contentious issue being the so-called mandate that all must have insurance by 2014 or pay a tax penalty.

Echoing the sentiments expressed by other Republicans who have seized on the tax penalty provision on Capitol Hill today, Dreier called on his colleagues to “redouble our efforts to repeal and replace this law with patient-centered reforms that will reduce costs and help the American people meet their healthcare needs.”

Schiff (D-Burbank) today called the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling "the correct legal decision," contending that the "hard-passed" reforms would benefit millions of people across the nation.

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