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Olens, Price have historic view of SCOTUS ruling

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A pair of Georgia Republican pols had historic, if depressing, vantages of today’s Supreme Court decision in which key elements of President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform were upheld, planted in the two epicenters–the courtroom where the ruling was delivered, and the hotel room of Republicans’ choice for the White House–of the affair.

Roswell Congressman Tom Price was posted inside the high court by Speaker John Boehner, while Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens was reportedly in the Washington hotel suite of GOP’er Mitt Romney as the much-anticipated opinion was released.

A Romney aide confirmed to Tipsheet Olens was in the company of Romney, but as much was clear when the attorney general retweeted a message by an editor at the Boston Globe.

In spite of their red-letter postings, both were deeply frustrated with the court’s decision to leave the legislation largely intact.

“I call on Congress to act swiftly, repeal the law and replace it with real reform that respects the Constitution as written,” Olens, who was among 26 state chief law enforcement officers who challenged the legislation, said in a joint press release Thursday with Governor Nathan Deal.

Price, himself an orthopedic surgeon, said today’s ruling established a “dangerous precedent” that threatens personal freedom. “We have no choice but to exercise every possible legislation option to repeal this disastrous law,” he said, “and the American people should know that House Republicans will continue to advocate on their behalf to restore personal control over health care decisions.”

- James Richardson