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POLL: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Obama Healthcare Plan

The justices also found that the so-called "individual mandate" in what's become known as Obamacare, is constitutional.

 

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.

Pundits and politicians alike are already heralding the decision as a major political boon to Obama, whose supporters were concerned that an overturn of the law, or just the individual mandate, would harm the president's re-election bid this year.

Obama's health care law, which also requires health insurers to provide coverage to children of policy holders up to 26 years old and bans insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, was challenged by several states who argued that some of its conditions, particularly the individual mandate, were unconstitutional.

Republicans also had vehemently opposed the health care law and their presumptive presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, has vowed to seek its repeal if he's elected.

MAC June 28, 2012 at 09:56 PM
SCOTUS' ruling is shocking, especially that Roberts joined the 4 liberals to uphold this legislation that was passed in such a dastardly fashion. Two other ironies are that: 1) Obama as a senator voted against confirming Roberts to the SCOTUS, and yet here he has been the one to seemingly go against all expectations and 'save Obama's bacon'! 2) That the mandate was "upheld" by the court NOT under the Commerce Clause, but under the notion that congress does have the power to TAX Americans if they don't purchase something, and the PENALTY for not purchasing insurance is ruled to be a "TAX." Obama had repeatedly declared that the penalties under Obamacare for not buying insurance are "not a tax." So, this "unscientific" poll is misleading as well as pretty meaningless. The "poll" that matters most will be in November, and this overwhelmingly unpopular result today (some 60% of Americans hate Obamacare) will help Romney get elected!
Franklin Wong June 28, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Yes, this is a fickle court. Has become very unpredictable. They saw through the self serving and convoluted arguments on both sides. The arguments were weak and exemplifies why there is such low regard we all seem to have in the governance of this nation.
Sushi June 28, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Crack open the corks on Capitol Hill and chalk one up for the Obama camp!. This should help the Dems to lock up the November elections. Romney's camp is going into retaliation mode but the Supreme Court Justices have declared victory for Obama this fall. The more this country starts to look like Denmark, the better off we will all be one day. Socialized medicine for all is upon us whether the Insurance companies and medical industry likes it or not. Quality of life will be improved for all Americans and we can begin to work our way back to a lean, mean operating machine of a country. Emphasis on the lean as a double entendre; weight-loss and austerity go hand in hand. Senator Ted Kennedy must be laughing in his grave today with ecstasy as this was his final wish.
Franklin Wong June 28, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Cheers Sushi!!! Just a note for all those who think national governments should be run more like a business. Upwards of of 75% of businesses fail and the average life span of widely held public corporations is 15 years. But closely held public corporations do much better and benefit the top executives very very well.

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