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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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  • Guest2020

    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.

  • GuestMan.

    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.

  • Guest C.L.

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

  • Guest9743

    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!!

  • Guest3893833

    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……

  • Guest 2

    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.

  • Guest7969

    The government has NEVER run a program efficiently! If you think your health care costs are going DOWN..you 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!!!

  • Guest7969

    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!

  • Guest2020

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

  • Guest2020

    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.

  • Guest2020

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

  • Guest2020

    “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.

  • Tweety12

    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.

  • just one man

    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.


  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    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.

  • GuestMan.

    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>

  • MrT

    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.

  • Guest14789

    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.

  • Guest22

    This Country fundamentally changed today.

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

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    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.

  • OU812

    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.

  • GuestNamedDan

    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.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

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

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