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Published June 28, 2012, 01:17 PM

North Dakota delegation reacts to health care ruling

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad says the Supreme Court's decision upholding the federal health care reform law ends the debate about whether the law is constitutional, but he says it still can be improved.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad says the Supreme Court's decision upholding the federal health care reform law ends the debate about whether the law is constitutional, but he says it still can be improved.

The North Dakota Democrat says Congress should add "common sense provisions" to further control costs and improve patient care.

Republican U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Rick Berg say they will fight to repeal the law. Hoeven calls it a "tax on the American people" and Berg a "massive government overreach."

Heidi Heitkamp is opposing Berg for Conrad's Senate seat. She says the law isn't perfect and she'll work "to keep the good pieces intact and fix the bad pieces."

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