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Obamacare Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court [Poll]

Federal health care mandate deemed constitutional by five of the nine judges.

The Supreme Court announced Thursday that the Affordable Care Act, which mandates every American to purchase health insurance, is constitutional.

The Supreme Court ruled that the federal government can levy a "tax" on individuals who do not buy into the system. The judges said the individual mandate cannot be upheld under the commerce clause, but that Congress's ability to tax and spend in this case is upheld.

The individual health care mandate is the key provision in Obamacare, and many are calling it a huge win for the president as we approach the November elections. The Obama administration touted the law passed in March 2010 as its signature legislative achievement.

However, others decry the law because of concerns about the federal government's role in regulating the health care industry.

The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold the law, with Chief Justice John Roberts casting the deciding vote and writing the majority opinion.

Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented.

"The act is invalid in its entirety," Kennedy said, according to Fox News.

Jim R June 30, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Obama does not need the Republicans to fail, he is doing a good job of that himself. He is spiraling our debt and pushing a medical bill that does not have sufficient resources. Unemployment remains above 8% which is a mark he set, so he should be honest and just drop from the 2012, but he is not a man of his word. Nothing but a dictator that follows laws he wants and ignores other. He said he would not follow the Defense of Marriage Act which the Congress has passed. He tells a Church to ignore their teachings and follow his command which abridges first amendment rights. The Republicans recently argued against the HHS mandate since that stepped on the first amendmendment right of religious freedom not what you claim. An actually the other argument which has been a big difference between the republicans and the abortion party is the protection of the unborn. In this latter case Obama has taken the most immoral stance of all the presidents. He not only pushes abortion and would not even take a stance about the forced abortion case in China. He also has supported partial birth abortion which means a child may be destroyed as long as the head remains in the mother. The murderer pulls the child by the legs, and pushes the arms aside so this person may attack the head of the child still in the mother. This president would not even support the act supporting the protection of a child who survived an abortion. What type of person can take these stances?
Joseph Richard snodgrass June 30, 2012 at 06:58 PM
sorry for being harsh we have a right to all disagree friendly
Joseph Richard snodgrass June 30, 2012 at 06:59 PM
if it helps i dont agree with some of it or some of his laws
Alyssa I. July 01, 2012 at 04:47 AM
This is not over a car or a pair of shoes which do not fit. (And to be noted: the ACA makes it easier for Americans to compare health insurance plans, thus allowing them to choose which FITS best.) This is about life -- LIFE, which you have quoted from The Declaration of Independence twice. It is in absolutely no way -- no shape or form -- fine with me for money or luck to determine if an individual lives or dies, has to choose between feeding their family or getting necessary care for their child, or has to make the touch decision between life-saving treatment and insurmountable debt. It would be wonderful (and I really mean this) if all people did good for others of the community, looked out for each other, and acted with their hearts and not their own gain. Behavior as described can be observed in small indigenous cultures, in incredibly tight-knit small towns/communities, in communes, and in other similar scenarios. I cannot see how putting faith in something like looking out for each other could work in a country as large as the USA.
Jim R July 04, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Obama is an immoral president who does not respect life or marriage. He would not even support a bill that would protect the life of a child who survived an abortion. I do not want this man making any decisions about health care. We need him out of office. His HHS mandate is only one of the signs of what is to come.

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