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Patch's Poll: Do You Agree with the Supreme Court Decision to Uphold the Health Care Mandate?

The Supreme Court ruled today that the government can mandate that Americans purchase health insurance. We want your reactions. Aresimowicz reacts.

 

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.

The contentious portion of the law — which drew disputes among Congressional lawmakers in 2009 and was fought on legal grounds by Attorneys General across the United States since — is considered the “heart” of the law, according to CBS.

"Today’s Supreme Court ruling is a major victory for working families," State Rep Joe Aresimowicz said. "I have been coaching kids for 15 years and I have seen too many of my former players struggle to find jobs with affordable health insurance when they finish school. The Affordable Care Act now lets young adults to stay on their parents’ health care plan until age 26.

"It also stops the big companies from denying children with pre-existing conditions health insurance and dropping adults from coverage when they get sick."

“The decision creates some certainty surrounding federal health care policy, allowing federal and state rulemakers to, for now, implement this law,” CBS said.

According to the Associated Press, the high court “rejected arguments that Congress went too far in requiring most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.”

In the United States there are 30 million people today who go without insurance. Through the mandate, the law hopes to stem this problem, as well as .

Do you agree with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling, which allows for lawmakers to mandate Americans purchase health insurance? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Bobbie Coughlin June 29, 2012 at 01:11 AM
I am a doctor. I cannot comprehend why people don't think that other citizens should have the right to basic health care. I'm retired from active practice but worked in an inner city pediatric clinic. Now I'm involved with Social Security disability. I have seen the horror of people who NEED basic medical care--things like insulin or cancer screening, surgery that could keep them productive, asthma or seizure or blood pressure meds--but who simply cannot afford them. I've seen people lose jobs, lose insurance, lose the ability to pay for basic health care. How about people like me or my husband with pre-existing conditions? I have celiac disease and a rare lung disease (I have never smoked); he's had cancer twice. We do everything we should in terms of good health practices, but we got socked by bad luck. We've worked all our lives and do have insurance, but if we lost it, we'd be uninsurable. The US is the wealthiest nation in the world; but it allows people to suffer and to die for lack of basic health care. I am grateful that some progress is being made to remedy this.
Bill June 29, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Because health care is a commodity, freedom of religion is a right. My freedom of speech doesn't cost anyone anything. Health care does and providing it "free" for all, will cost all of us dearly, and it still doesn't address the real problem, cost of healthcare. Whenever the government subsidizes a commodity, the cost skyrockets, just look at college costs. So the result will be much like Medicare, vastly underpaying MDs to the point they lose money on every patient they see on Medicare, and curtailing of services provided, ask an MD about fighting Medicare for coverage for necessary procedures and treatment. Anyone who thinks government run health Care is a good idea need only look at Medicare.
Bill June 29, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Actually feeling a little better about it after reading this http://www.ijreview.com/2012/06/9398-why-chief-justice-roberts-made-the-right-long-term-decision-with-obamacare/
Stephen June 29, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I am very pleased that the healtcare act will be put into practice. We (my family) have good coverage through my husband's company. However I recognize how this iis a huge shortfall of our very very rich nation that so many of our citizens do not have access to preventative care, and that our overall healthcare costs per person are larger than any other developed nation in the world. I am so glad that our president was brave enough to take this on. It is a major step in the right direction, and work will need to be done in the future to ensure that it is tweaked and adjusted as need arises.
Bill June 30, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Enjoy your present coverage while you can. If you read Obama care you will see it is designed to eliminate private insurance, say hello to Medicare.
James August 07, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Could be the worse, most inaccurate, political and or self serving, and Unconstitutional Supreme Court decision in modern history.

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