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Supreme Court upholds individual mandate in health care law

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The individual mandate survives.

The Supreme Court has upheld the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul -- ruling in favor of the requirement that most Americans can be required to have health insurance, or else pay a penalty.

The decision means the historic overhaul will continue to take effect over the next several years, affecting the way countless Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care.

The ruling also hands President Barack Obama a campaign-season victory.

The court found problems with the law's expansion of Medicaid. But even there, it said the expansion could proceed as long as the federal government does not threaten to withhold the entire Medicaid allotment to states if they don't take part in the extension.

The court's four liberal justices, Stephen Bryer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, joined Roberts in the outcome.

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The passing of this mandate

The passing of this mandate falls squarely on the shoulders of Chief Justice John Roberts, a republican appointee....there's no other way to spin it because he could have stopped it dead in its tracks!!

My issue

isn't really with the health care act itself, it's the Federal Mandate that everyone either has health insurance or they pay a "tax". I am in disbelief that the SCOTUS chose to uphold this and then call it a "tax". You can change the wording and call it whatever the heck you want to but it's not a tax, it's a penalty, and it's utter BS!! I know there are no easy answers for the problems with health insurance that this country faces but this is not the answer.

I'm an independent & was on the fence about voting for Obama but not anymore. I'll vote for Romney for lack of a better option and hope that congress repeals at least the individual mandate portion of this fiasco. And for those that are commenting saying if someone doesn't like the decision then they should "leave the country" my response to them is you can pound sand.

I don't think the founding fathers ever envisioned the federal government forcing every person in the country to buy a product or face a monetary penalty and pretty much making that a condition of being a US citizen. I care a great deal about the uninsured, the poor and eldery and anyone else who struggles to get medical care but this is NOT THE ANSWER!!!! Oh well, it's just my opinion and doesn't matter. In November it will......

Health Care

From the way I understand this is now the ones that do not have healthcare will be required to buy it, and if they don't they will be taxed. They said there will be a box on your income tax form that asks: "yes" I have insurance, or "no" I don't have insurance. If you check "no" you will be taxed either as a single unit or as a family unit. At least that amount will come out of the refund you now get to help pay for your coverage so the rest of us don't have to foot the entire bill. They can't FORCE you to buy it but they CAN tax you if you don't.

Bottom line

The government has NEVER run a program efficiently! If you think your health care costs are going know..that 900 bucks Obama claims we over pay every year...if you think thats coming back into your pocket...YOUR AN IDIOT! IF you think that this isn't a step in controlling EVERYTHING about how you live, what you eat...YOUR AN IDIOT! It won't be long until every facet of how you live your daily life and what you put into your mouth will be controlled by the government in the name of bettering your life and keeping health costs down! If you don't comply with not smoking, not drinking alcohol, not eating that extra egg for the week...YOU'LL BE TAXED! MARK MY WORDS!!!

Today, the Supreme Court

Today, the Supreme Court overturned our victory in the Revolutionary War.

The sky is falling! The sky

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

I have witnessed the effects

I have witnessed the effects that Obamacare has had on small business. And that is just with Congress voting it in. When it actually takes affect, things are going to get worse.

I am suprised we didn't get

I am suprised we didn't get an earthquake with the Founding Fathers, and those who gave their lives in the Revolutionary War rolling in their graves.

I see some purpose in this.

I see some purpose in this. If they had overturned it, it would have been a slap in the face of the libs and probably got them fired up for the election. This way they can gloat for a little while, has the possibility of firing up the right, and hopefully Romney gets in and holds up his promise to overturn it. Hopefully.

You better pray for something else, too

A fillibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Without that, Obamacare is going nowhere.

This Country fundamentally

This Country fundamentally changed today.

Rest in Peace America, it will never be the same.


I completely agree. Too bad that by the time the liberals figure it out, it will be too late.


The problem with our country is the selfish and greed that is exemplified by all the comments on this site. People die every day in this country because they are not able to afford the cost of medical care. Have we reached the point as a civilization where we are so unconcerned with the well-being of our fellow citizens that we are willing to turn our backs on those in need. As a white, college educated, male, tax paying, Christain, I hope that Christ will judge me by the way I imitate the Love he showed me, by showing that same Love to others. Thankfully, Christ did not turn his back on us, and hopefully we will learn to do the same for our fellow man.

Christ told **US** to care for the sick and needy

He never said that it was okay to slough your responsibilities as a Christian off on Caesar. When you involve Caesar. far too much gets eaten up in bureaucracy and waste. Caesar specializes in those two traits.


Thank you sir and Amen! Take away the government subsidies and the problem doesn't go away. It saddens me to think that in today's society Jesus would be proclaimed a liberal atheist for his work with the poor and his consistent actions to help those in the greatest need. We need the government to provide health care coverage, to feed free lunches to kids who would otherwise go hungry, and to provide a safety net to the elderly who helped build this country. Why? Well, what did you do today to help someone less fortunate. What programs does your church have in place? What do your neighbors do to help a fellow neighbor through a hard time? "What Would Jesus Do?" isn't just a bracelet. Decrying someone else's solution is just empty noise unless you are willing to offer your own solution and be willing to take action.


KEEP THAT CRAP out of the church! Jesus taught SELF RESPONSIBILITY and love to one another. He NEVER taught that is was ok to TAKE, AKA STEAL, from your brothers pocket to line your own! YOU keep that social justice CRAP OUT of the church!


Jesus was a Liberal Socialist. Remember the loaves and fishes parable. That was Socialistic. Love and help your brother. Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. All Socialist. Learn, brother, learn.

"We are endowed by our

"We are endowed by our CREATOR with certain unalienable rights". Jesus would not support the government taking away that which God has given. Jesus would not want the government to rob Peter to pay Paul.

We the people were taking care of each other long before the government stepped in. And if the government didn't take so much off the top, then we the people would still be able to take care of each other.

Insurance Desk

Lets put an insurance sales desk at the entrance to every hospital ER.
This way all you folks that refuse to buy health insurance can reevaluate that decision before you can get treatment!!
Just a thought.

Affordable Health Care

What a great day for the American people! This should have been done when Nixon and every other president since him wanted it. It will be good for the USA>

We are all living in a

We are all living in a country that is on the turning point of a power hungry goverment. My only worry is that the course of "push".."shove"..."shoot" is the escalating thought.
We all should be prepared for that.

I have but one thing to say about this ruling.


living in a

Thats your god -giving right.If you are not paying for it, who is?I assume you go to the doctor same time.You just might be one of the few that can pay out of pocket.This might make sense to you or it might not.At one time i use to hate corn beef wouldn't eat it any kind of way.One day i accidently ate a piece it was actually good.Moral,hated something i never tried until it was an accident.

Stealth liberals

It happened to Eisenhower with Earl Warren.

It happened to George H.W. Bush with David Souter.

It happened to George W. Bush with John Roberts.

God help the United States. The Constitution has been relegated to the dustbin of history.

mandatory health insurance

I don't live in a communist country. They can NOT make me do ANYTHING!!!!!If I could afford health insurance, I would already have it! Now I have to choose between having a roof over my head or health insurance! I don't think so!!!!

Pay the tax

You don't have to get insurance. You are right, they can't force you. You will pay a tax and those monies will go into a fund to cover the cost of uninsured people going to the ER. Some States already have uninsured motorist pools.

What you cannot do is to ask others to pay your emergency medical costs through higher premiums and taxes. Are you actually willing to bleed to death at an accident scene so I won't have to cover your ER bill? I doubt it.

Those who truly, truly cannot afford it will find themselves eligible for assistance and that I will gladly chip in for. The days of using the ER as a free subsitute for medical care are over.

It is not a tax. It is a

It is not a tax. It is a fine. If the government gives you a choice between doing what they say, or be penalized, then they are forcing you to do what they say.

well Brenda

Who pays for any medical care you get? If you are barely affording a place to live I am guessing you do not go to the Dr. OR taxpayers and the already insured are paying for it. Why should everyone else cover your bills?

..and that stays the same, Das

Because of the individual mandate, the young and healthy who rarely get sick will be paying to subsidize the elderly, the frail, and the worthless, lazy bums who choose to suck the system dry.

Former Health Care Costs

I think some are forgetting how the old health care system worked. If you were in an accident and had no insurance you went to the ER (empty handed) and got treatment. The hospital could bill you but you could either skip out on the charge or pay $5 a month towards the bill. In the meantime the hospital had to cover the costs. They in turn use federal subsidies and raise costs to insurance companies who pass on the premium to people and companies that do pay for insurance. People with insurance end up paying twice, through taxes and through premiums.

This law isn't perfect but it is a starting place. Repealing it would only force us back into the situation we had in the first place.

I will vote for anyone who outlines a BETTER idea and refuse to vote for anyone who simply says they'll repeal it. I'm tired of hearing the Obamacare bash. Tell me what you will do to fix the system!


Establish a national charge for every single procedure.
This is the only price that charged,billed a customer.
A dictorial approach,averaging present costs,allowing an amount for inflation.
One price,anyhere USA.