Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law

The Supreme Court announced Thursday morning that the Affordable Care Act, known to many as Obamacare, mandating every American to purchase health insurance is constitutional. How do you feel about the decision? Vote in our poll or share your thoughts in

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 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 at 10 a.m. Thursday. The court voted 5-4 to uphold the law with Chief Justice John Roberts casting the deciding vote and writing the majority opinion.

One of the few Democrats to vote against the health care law was U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless. Today, he agreed with the high court's decision.

"I never believed, nor did I ever argue, that it would be found unconstitutional. I voted against the bill because my constituents were overwhelmingly against it, and because I believed that bill was flawed policy," he said.

"Now that the Court has ruled, it is my hope that we can once and for all put the acrimonious political debate behind us and do what we should have been doing all along—working together in a bipartisan fashion to improve upon the law and bring down health care cost for American families, businesses and the government."

U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, wants to repeal the law and find other solutions for the health care system.

“Congress must get to work on fully repealing this bill and undoing the new tax before it goes into full effect,” Murphy wrote in a statement. “The bill that was rushed through Congress and signed into law was unpopular, unworkable and unsustainable. It was not designed to deliver the kind of healthcare reforms Americans want and need. Simply put, a healthcare tax is not healthcare reform.”

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-PA, maintained that the court made the wrong decision.

"I'm deeply disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld Obamacare," he said in a statement posted on his Facebook page. "Today's ruling is a blow to personal liberties. It's up to Congress now to pass a full repeal."

Tommey's counterpart on the other side of the aisle admits the law is far from perfect.

"I will continue to work with other senators to make improvements to the legislation," said Sen. Bob Casey, D-PA. "Further, there is no doubt that we still confront significant challenges to reducing the cost of health care, and the only way to address these in the long run is for Democrats and Republicans to work together."

How do you feel about the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare? Tell us in the comments section below.

Isabella Valentine July 10, 2012 at 11:09 PM
ML, Lou's math isn't fuzzy at all. Here are a couple articles on the topic. One is really wordy, the other simplistic; however, from 2005. I couldn't find a more current simple explanation. We don't have a tax problem in this country, we have a spending problem and we need to get it under control soon. If more people were successful like Romney, instead of takingn handouts from the governmemt, everyone would be able to keep more of the money they earn. I still can't believe I'm paying a monthly tax on my cell phone bill so the entitlement class can have a free Obama phone. When did a cell phone become a necessity. Some of you just don't get it. http://www.nowandfutures.com/taxes.html http://readersupportednews.org/pm-section/78-78/8114-how-much-do-we-really-pay-in-taxes http://obamaphone.net/
Outraged Citizen July 11, 2012 at 12:20 AM
@ML – The reason is you are quite capable of defending yourself while the others you mention are not so fortunate. Secondly, I make no pretenses that I am a smug, snarky pseudo-intellectual. I own who I am with no apologies or expectations of others.
rob kamensky July 11, 2012 at 03:19 PM
people worry more about what mittens does with his money , when you should worried about what the government is doing with our money, who gives a crap what mittens or other folks do with theirs... worry more about the ones in office and sit behind fancy government desks!!
erika August 20, 2012 at 09:11 PM
@ Jean Smith: You say: 4:06 pm on Thursday, June 28, 2012 Mike I know I pay with my taxes for illegals and people on welfare and don't want to work for them to go to emergency rooms. I have been checking out prices of insurance under obama care and i'm going to be paying $432 a month for heath care for my son and I. You tell me how that is cheap health care since I have RSD and Fibromyalgia. I pay now 298 for a neurologist and medications a month. I'll stick with paying doctors and for my prescriptions myself" So who pays for you when you have an emergency due to an act of god or just because you have preexisting conditions that render you fairly unhealthy? If you don't have insurance? The taxpayers, that's who.
Jean Smith August 21, 2012 at 12:43 AM
erika - sorry but it isn't the tax payers that pays for me to go to the emergency room if I need treated. I pay for all my own medical bills. First off, If I need to be seen by a doctor, I go to a MedPlus down on Rt 51 and so far they have been able to treat me when I am sick. and never had to go to an emergency room. Then when they send me the bill, I make a payment out of my own money and not the tax payers. I also started a bank account back in 1994 that I put $375 a month in for medical purposes only. In the 17 years that I have had this account, I have saved over $75,000 for Medical Purposes only. Thank goodness I have never had to touch the money other than to pay for MedPlus and for co-payments for my son for when he is sick. So Erica don't tell me that it is the tax payers that pay for my medical treatments, I know how to save money for what I need. I also work full time and own 12 homes in Whitehall which I paid all of them off. I save money and don't waste it as you do and don't want obamacare. I want Romney as President so that I don't get stuck with paying for your medical insurance since you must be one that runs to emergency rooms every time you break a nail or get a little cold.


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