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ST. PAUL - The Minnesota House minority leader declared that the U.S. Supreme Court settled "once and for all" the federal health-care law dispute.


The state's senior U.S. senator said the court put "the law above politics."

Yes and no. It is a complex issue, and one that is far from over, especially in the political arena.

"Settling this issue once and for all in court means real progress and security for families and children..." House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, said.

Health care politics will continue. Soon after the high court ruled, it became obvious that leaving the Democratic-backed Affordable Care Act fully intact only invigorated Republicans to fight even harder for its repeal.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., issued the statement saying the court put priority on the law. That is true, but for good or bad, politics will dominate the discussion.

"We do not consider whether the (law) embodies sound policies," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote. "That judgment is entrusted to the nation's elected leaders."

Here are other Supreme Court ruling tidbits:

- Former U.S. Rep. Vin Weber of Minnesota, a Mitt Romney presidential campaign advisor, said the decision should send Americans a message, "We now know this is the new law unless we elect a new president."

- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and President Barack Obama both voted against John Roberts' confirmation as chief justice when they were Democratic senators. Roberts, backed by Republicans, was the key vote in favor of the Obama-pushed and Dayton-supported health care law.

- The Obama administration said Minnesotans will receive $9 million in rebates from insurance companies this year under the new law. The law requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on medical care, and those that do not meet that figure must provide rebates.

- U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., told CNN that allowing the health are law to remain on the books will turn the United States into an economic Greece.

- A panel led by Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson faces a Dec. 1 deadline to present recommendations to Dayton and legislators about what the state should do to implement the federal law.