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Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law; Do You Support the Ruling?

High court finds the individual mandate in "Obamacare" is constitutional in a 5-4 decision.

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld President Barack Obama's health care reform law in a 5-4 ruling, sending the president into the November election with a major victory under his belt.

The heart of the issue surrounds the individual mandate clause, which required Americans to buy health care coverage or face penalties.

The justices ruled that mandate fell within Congress' power to collect taxes, and is therefore constitutional.

Justices John Roberts, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan wrote the majority opinion.

From Huffington Post:

The decision in Florida v. Department of Health and Human Services comes as something of a surprise after the generally hostile reception the law received during the six hours of oral arguments held over three days in March. But by siding with the court's four Democratic appointees, Chief Justice Roberts avoided the delegitimizing taint of politics that surrounds a party-line vote while passing Obamacare's fate back to the elected branches. GOP candidates and incumbents will surely spend the rest of the 2012 campaign season running against the Supreme Court and for repeal of the law.

Since health care reform has long been a dividing issue among the population, we're curious what locals on the East End think about the ruling. Let us know in the comments and answer our poll.

George Lynch July 03, 2012 at 03:29 PM
A friend of mine, who is much more creative than I am, has come up with a name for the Republican alternative to what they scornfully call "Obamacare." it is "WeDon'tCare." Not bad.
Katy Casey July 05, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I am pretty sure that was the GOP's plan.
Katy Casey July 05, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Interesting word choices - crippling, disaster,...hope you do not experience any if you are not insured and there is no social health care safety net.
Katy Casey July 05, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Mary Beth July 30, 2012 at 05:44 PM
During a trip to Israel, Mitt Romney hailed the nation’s health care system for holding down costs and broadening coverage more effectively than the U.S. The irony: Israel contains costs by adopting a very centralized, government-run health care system — anathema to Romney’s Republican Party. “Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the GDP in Israel? Eight percent. You spend eight percent of GDP on health care. You’re a pretty healthy nation,” he said Monday at a breakfast fundraiser, according to the New York Times. “We spend 18 percent of our GDP on health care, 10 percentage points more. That gap, that 10 percent cost, compare that with the size of our military — our military which is 4 percent, 4 percent. Our gap with Israel is 10 points of GDP. We have to find ways — not just to provide health care to more people, but to find ways to fund and manage our health care costs.” Israel’s health care system is an instructive exercise in all that rankles American conservatives — replete with government mandates, price controls and centralized payments funded mostly by high taxes. So how’s the socialized approach working out? Seems as though Romney likes it!


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