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Poll: Supreme Court Upholds 'Obamacare'

Do you agree or disagree that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional in requiring every American to purchase health insurance. Vote in our poll and sound off in the comments.

 

The Supreme Court announced Thursday morning that the Affordable Care Act mandate that every American should 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.

and read more about the Affordable Care Act and its implications in a companion article.

Carly July 07, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Yeah, but there are those of us who don't want the AMA "heath"care. I never use allopathic doctors. I use super nutrition and herbalogy and the like. I haven't had a AMA doctors paw me for over 20 years. I want nothing to do with that whole system. I have a catastrophic, high deductible Anthem Blue Cross just in case I need trauma care after I get hit by a bus or something. I have never used it at all. What about all the Christian Science people out there? Don't they object to using the AMA doctors? Totally unconstitutional to make them buy into a system that they religiously may be opposed to. I don't know for a fact about the Christian Science people, I'm just picking my possibly cloudy memory. And, no, we are not forced to buy car insurance. Driving is a choice. My sister chooses not to own a car and therefore, doesn't buy insurance. This Obamacare is like buying car insurance for those who don't want to own a car. This doesn't apply to all but it does apply to those of us who want nothing to do with the AMA for health care.
Zolla July 07, 2012 at 07:35 PM
“Those who don't get qualified health insurance will be required to pay the penalty - or tax - starting for the 2014 tax year, unless they are exempt because of low income, religious beliefs, or because they are members of American Indian tribes.”
Carly July 08, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Zolla 12:35 pm on Saturday, July 7, 2012 “Those who don't get qualified health insurance will be required to pay the penalty - or tax - starting for the 2014 tax year, unless they are exempt because of low income, religious beliefs, or because they are members of American Indian tribes.” I don't fall into any of the above categories. I just don't want to have the AMA doctors' "heath" care. I have found a better way for me and mine. So, I can't get an exception.
Zolla July 10, 2012 at 05:32 PM
“For example, a single 26-year-old earning $16,000 might pay $537 toward the annual premium for a mid-level "silver" plan, according to estimates from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The rest of the premium would be covered by a $2,853 tax credit. (Deductibles and co-pays could cost up to an additional $2,083, depending on how much care the person needs.)” “A 26-year-old earning $35,000 would pay $3,325 in premiums - $277 a month - for the same plan, after only a $66 tax credit. (And that patient might be on the hook for another $4,167 in out-of-pocket costs.)” “Private insurers have yet to set the prices for their 2014 plans, because coverage that will comply with the law is still being developed. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that premiums for the bare-bones plan, called "bronze" level, might average between $4,500 and $5,000 per year. Family plans might cost $12,500 per year.” I love this one – “UNDER 26? LEAN ON MOM OR DAD”
Zolla July 10, 2012 at 05:34 PM
“In 2016, the minimum penalty rises to $695 and it's capped at a little less than 2.5 percent of taxable income. That's about a $1,600 fine for someone making $75,000 per year.” So from the looks of these, I assume your insurance rate will not be based on your yearly income. “Most people with incomes up to four times the poverty level - which currently comes out to $44,680 for an individual or $92,200 for a family of four - will qualify for some help paying for private insurance. Aid drops off sharply as income climbs, and younger people get smaller subsidies than older folks whose insurance rates are higher.” I’m still wondering where those money savings rates are. Oh I know, its not for those who pay for everyone else. "Obamascam Health Care".

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