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Poll: Is Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional?

U.S. Supreme Court expected to rule on challenges to Affordable Care Act on Thursday.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act this week.

The central issue being considered by the court is whether Congress' power to regulate commerce means that it can mandate people to buy health insurance, The Atlantic reported.

The court could rule the mandate unconstitutional and throw out part or all of the Affordable Care Act, referred to by opponents as Obamacare, or uphold the act in its entirety, The New York Times reported.

The Weekly Standard reported that the individual mandate goes beyond regulating commerce and instead compels commerce by forcing individuals to purchase something.

The idea behind the mandate, as NPR reported, was that it would reduce health care costs by broadening the base of those paying premiums and by reducing costs associated with the uninsured who resort to seeking treatment in emergency rooms.

The Atlantic pointed out that although the act mandates health insurance for all, it provides the option for those under 30 to purchase bare-bones catastrophic insurance. The magazine also stated that the same option is available for those over 30 who show financial hardship.

The Atlantic stated that the provisions in the law to minimize the financial burden on individuals was effectively a "limiting principle" for the legislation.

Tell us whether you think the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional and why or why not in a comment below.

Sharon Toji June 28, 2012 at 06:19 AM
If this is ruled unconstitutional, then perhaps it also should be unconstitutional to require hospitals to provide emergency treatment for persons with no health insurance. After all, everyone who does have health insurance, or pays for his or her own hospital treatments, joins in paying the bills for those who have no insurance. I believe the figure is something like $1500 a year that is the portion of our costs that we pay for those with no insurance. The so-called "fine" for those who refuse to purchase insurance is actually a tax, not a fine, and anyway, it's so small as to be laughable. How many of your realize that the major cause of bankruptcy in our country is medical bills, especially those not covered by insurance?
Bill Board July 03, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Let me get this straight . . . We're going to be "gifted" with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and fined (“taxed”) if we don't, which purportedly covers at least ten million more people, without adding a single new doctor, but provides for 4,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that didn't read it but exempted themselves from it, and signed by a Dumbo President who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, for which we'll be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that's broke!!!!! What the hell could possibly go wrong?

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