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.

CTgal111 June 29, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I am a young person (early 40's) who unexpectedly received a terrible diagnosis. While battling a difficult illness I was also filled with anxiety about what would happen if I lived, but then didn't have health insurance. It added extreme agony to an already difficult situation. Now I know that I won't be turned down for health insurance due to my previous history. I can finally breathe after 3 years. I repeat, until you've walked in these shoes, it is very easy to throw stones at this plan....
CTgal111 June 29, 2012 at 01:46 PM
And for all you people worried about the taxes; how lucky that you can focus on that and not worry about your health! But FYI, every day brings a new dawn, and you never know when you or a loved one will face a life-threatening illness and need coverage--then will you moan and groan about the taxes? Or will you be grateful.
Roy A. Abramowitz June 29, 2012 at 03:02 PM
CT Gal. We all feel for you and what you sre going through. We have lost love ones to Cancer. In fact my wife is the Volunteer Director and President of CancerCare of Connecticut and on the Building Cmttee of American Cancer. American Cancer just built a facility in Norwalk next to Costco. In fact we have a brick with our name for our contribution to the Building Fund. We are with you. However Obamacare is not the answer. Do you want a "Health Czar" deciding what treatment you can and cannot have instead of you and your Physician(s) privately. Yes the Republicans have come up with alternatives. Stop the malicious tort lobby and costly lawsuits. Stop the Medicaid and Medicare Fraud. Allow interstate competition in helath insurance policies. Then all can be insured, not by the government, but privately at affordable rates, and if you cannot afford because of a disability then yes the Government should subsidize YOUR PRIVATE PLAN and not make decisions for you. If you keep taxing those that work hard long hours to fund more IRS Agents to implement Obamacare, pay the CZARS and overseers and not reform the waste you have ruined the best healthcare system in the world, created more government waste, and trampled on our constitution. And now we will have states that elect out of Obamacare and states that follow pursuant to the ruling. Have you thought what that means entitlement and non-entitlement staes. The answer is tort reform and cracking down on fraud and waste not big Govt
Paul M Potenza June 29, 2012 at 04:23 PM
So I get it CT. Don't comment, just shutupband pay. The liberal way. It is not my job to educate you on the alternatives, and you are not interested in a reasoned debate. Read The Truth About Obamacare for starters if you can get though it without becoming in sensed over the lies that have been perpetrated on the American people. Sally Pipes is the author.. She is an expert on the healthcare industry and a former consumer of Canada's nationalized system. It doesn't work there or in MA or in England. I am a third generation medical professional and think more people than those who are ill have a right to speak, and your presumption that I or my family has never been ill is an indirect ad hominem attack. I leave you with that.
J Bauer June 29, 2012 at 07:32 PM
This is the first step towards socialized medicine. Socialized medicine perpetuates systems that are unsustainable from a cost basis. The result is service cuts and/or drops in the quality of care. Most socialized medical systems around the world are broken and have both very long waits for care, doctor shortages and price caps on prescription drugs that convince drug companies to stop researching the biggest and most costy (and usualy most groundbreaking) new drugs. I am all in favor of providing care to those that cannot afford it. However, what I am not in favor of, is doing it in such a way that it is abused and it either bankrupts the system (see England) or forces substantially less effective and cutting edge care (see Canada).


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