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Poll: Supreme Court Correct in Upholding Health Care Act?

The 5-4 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts found that Congress was not acting outside the Constitution when it mandated that all individuals buy health insurance.

The Affordable Care Act has been upheld by the highest court in the land, according to the Supreme Court of the United States Blog sponsored by Bloomberg Law

The decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts found that Congress was not acting outside the Constitution when it mandated that all individuals buy health insurance, however the justices ruled that Congress cannot penalize states for not participating.

From the decision: “Nothing in our opinion precludes Congress from offering funds under the ACA to expand the availability of health care, and requiring that states accepting such funds comply with the conditions on their use. What Congress is not free to do is to penalize States that choose not to participate in that new program by taking away their existing Medicaid funding." 

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagen joined Roberts in the majority. Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy and Antonin Scalia formed the minority.

We want to know what you think. Vote in our poll and explain your vote in the comments.

Kim June 29, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Have you ever seen the waiting list for those community places, and if you have a job making low wages how in the world do you take days off to stand in line and hope they see you? Does anyone remember this story?… By the time the free health clinic at the Oakland Coliseum opened Saturday at dawn, some 800 tickets had been handed out to people who waited in the cold all night for the chance to have a tooth extracted, get new glasses or to finally get prescription medications for arthritis or other painful conditions Is this really the country we want to live in?? Where people stand in line for up to 12 hours just to get a pair of glasses and rotten teeth pulled? I think we're better than that. If everyone bought insurance this wouldn’t be an issue. Call it a tax or whatever you want but those are just political words, at the end of the day we're talking about how we treat those people around us and it makes me sad to hear people say "I can't afford more" when they know there are people with a lot less.
BeckBoo June 29, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Do you think it would be any better with this plan that is proposed? Where are all the extra doctors and nurses going to come from? Thin air? See the articial linked: http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/29/health/doctor-shortage-affordable-care-act/index.html "They have good reason to worry. When Thailand enacted the "30-bhat scheme" in 2002, requiring all patients to be covered by health insurance, 14 million people were added to the country's health care system. The result was longer waits at the doctor's office and complaints of subpar service." A friend of my husband that lives in the UK (universal healthcare, right?) almost died what was at first a mild kidney infection..the doctors first available appointment was three weeks out. It got so bad, she went to the ER and they treated her, but not until her kidneys were severely damaged. Is this what we want in our country??
Kim July 02, 2012 at 09:03 PM
That is what's going on in this country! Hello...what do you think happens to people without insurance? They get no treatment and either become seriously (which means expensive for the tax payers) ill or die. I think unless people go around with their head in the sand they have to know medical insurance companies such as BC/BS Aetna and United HC are already "rationing services" and making people jump through hoops for care and prescriptions and that's IF you have insurance, if you don't well then it's even worse. I can't believe you haven't heard how insurance companies drop people during cancer treatments or won't allow them certain drugs or procedures because they are too expensive. I know plenty of people from Canada and Europe and NONE of them (unless you know some very wealthy people who can afford to buy special care) would give up their Universal HC....just like no elderly people would give up Medicare. If it's so bad why do people who have it never want to give it up???
Oldtimer July 02, 2012 at 11:37 PM
And pray tell what can the govenment do cheaper and better than the free market?
BeckBoo July 03, 2012 at 10:55 AM
You said it all Oldtimer! I have yet to see our govt. do anything better or cheaper! I should let you know I work for an insurance company (NOT HEALTH INSURANCE, -group life, disability) so I have a little inside information...not just want the "media" tells me that I need to believe. I have lots of friends in the UK...most of them tell me they wish they had the QUALITY of care we have here. Just because someone has "Universal Health Care" doesn't mean they are getting the quality care they need. See my previous post... And on another post..my brother. He received quality care WITHOUT INSURANCE or at the time he became ill or with Medicare/Medicade. There are options out there now... Now, here is another question: who is gonna pay for this? Here you go. I more than fall into this category and I can not afford this! http://www.ijreview.com/2012/07/9569-75-of-obamacare-costs-covered-by-families-making-less-than-120000/

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