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POLL: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Obama Healthcare Plan

The justices also found that the so-called "individual mandate" in what's become known as Obamacare, is constitutional.

 

In a landmark decision, both legally and politically, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld President Barack Obama's sweeping healthcare law, including the central mandate that individuals must buy health insurance.

Pundits and politicians alike are already heralding the decision as a major political boon to Obama, whose supporters were concerned that an overturn of the law, or just the individual mandate, would harm the president's re-election bid this year.

Obama's health care law, which also requires health insurers to provide coverage to children of policy holders up to 26 years old and bans insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, was challenged by several states who argued that some of its conditions, particularly the individual mandate, were unconstitutional.

Republicans also had vehemently opposed the health care law and their presumptive presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, has vowed to seek its repeal if he's elected.

MAC June 28, 2012 at 09:54 PM
SCOTUS' ruling is shocking, especially that Roberts joined the 4 liberals to uphold this legislation that was passed in such a dastardly fashion. Two other ironies are that: 1) Obama as a senator voted against confirming Roberts to the SCOTUS, and yet here he has been the one to seemingly go against all expectations and 'save Obama's bacon'! 2) That the mandate was "upheld" by the court NOT under the Commerce Clause, but under the notion that congress does have the power to TAX Americans if they don't purchase something, and the PENALTY for not purchasing insurance is ruled to be a "TAX." Obama had repeatedly declared that the penalties under Obamacare for not buying insurance are "not a tax." So, this "unscientific" poll is misleading as well as pretty meaningless. The "poll" that matters most will be in November, and this overwhelmingly unpopular result today (some 60% of Americans hate Obamacare) will help Romney get elected!
Elizabeth Jorgensen June 30, 2012 at 12:22 PM
I work in health care and have read most of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Most Americans are highly ignorant of how the ACA benefits their individual rights, provides basic fairness and preserves most of our healthcare system EXACTLY the way it is now except for a few major improvements: 1) Insurers now have to take on some risk when they sell a product to the American people designed to provide payment or illness. Since the implementaion of "managed care" in 1986 (remember how 'managed care was supposed to 'fix' the healthcare system?) Health insurers have systematically gained profits ABOVE the level of the Fortune 100 companies by withholding care, not paying for treatments physicians deemed necessary and refusing to cover any person after they become sick. The ACA makes insurers stop these racketeering practices. 2) All Americans PAY FOR THE UNINSURED. We pay for the State of CT reimbursing public hospitals for the care of the uninured We all pay for a corrupt system that favors fee for service incentives for hospitals and physicians rather than preventative care or overall quality of care. I urge my friends and neighbors to also understand that a tax on being uninured is the SAME as being made to carry car insurance. That is what John Roberts essentially argued. No one has removed your individual liberty. You can make a stupid decision and not purchase health insurance, we the people are going to ask you to share our financial risk for doing so.
rob toscano July 01, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Thank You Liz, once a lifeguard, always a life guard..

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