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Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law; Do You Agree?

The Affordable Care Act mandating every American to purchase health insurance is constitutional, the Court said Thursday.

The Supreme Court announced Thursday morning that the Affordable Care Act mandating every American to purchase health insurance is constitutional and should stand.

The court decided that the government is permitted to penalize individuals who refuse to purchase health insurance, according to NBC News. The Supreme Court ruled that the federal government can levy a "tax" on individuals who do not buy into the system, according to NBC News.

The individual health care mandate is the key provision in the reform popularly known as "Obamacare," and some legal experts thought that it could be ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Had it been stripped from the law, many other provisions–such as covering people with pre-existing conditions and not capping insurance coverage–most likely would have been removed, as well.

The decision is a major victory for the Obama administration, which touted the law passed in March 2010 as its signature legislative achievement. However, there are other Americans who decried the law because of concerns about the federal government's role in regulating the health care industry.

The Supreme Court justices listened to oral arguments on the case in late March before issuing their decision Thursday morning. The court voted 5-4 to uphold the law, with Chief Justice John Roberts casting the deciding vote and writing the majority opinion.

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Carmichael, how do you feel about the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the health care reform law? Tell us in the comments section below.

J. Scott Donahue June 28, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Turn off your TV for the next several weeks. It's going to get ugly. Like, Summer of 2009 ugly. It's too easy to listen to pundits spout falsehoods and fear mongering rhetoric. It's more difficult, but rewarding, to seek the objective facts. No one's going to kill grandma. "Obamacare is not a gov't takeover, nor is it socialism. It relies entirely on the free market. The mandate is a penalty tax not a gov't decree, so it's absurd to hear blended metaphors of Bolshevism and Monarchy. I support coverage for all Americans but you can just as rationally disagree. Just don't tell me "They're gonna kill grandma" or compare the president to mass murderers et. al.
AdelitaZMurrieta June 28, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Mr. Donahue, I agree. As of this morning, I began to tune out mainstream media sources.
Sanford Kozlen June 29, 2012 at 07:02 AM
Roberts messed with my mind on this one. The actual decision text says the mandate is not legal, but the government can tax people for not buying health insurance. Under that logic, since everyone uses roads, but only people with cars buy gas that is taxed to maintain roads, then anyone without a car should pay a road maintenance tax penalty. Maybe there should be a penalty tax for people who do not play the lottery to cover the loss of their contribution to schools. I can understand taxing an action or purchase, but this decision allows taxing a non-action. I expected the law to stay in effect without the mandate, which would have brought to light the financial issues of the law. This back door legislation of tax authority to cover up the financial issues of the law is really strange, especially since the law itself specifies the mandate is not a tax.
Andrew Gayner June 29, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Yep, a new tax passed. I already pay out the nose for healthcare. I'm ready to see what this new tax brings me and my family besides more debt. To think we have Socialized Medicine in our country is like a bad dream to me. I'm looking forward to the day when we reject the Government in it's entirety. The feds don't belong in healthcare, jobs, etc. Actually I'm trying to think of one good thing they have done? Hmmm.
Bill Board July 03, 2012 at 05:34 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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