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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Wow, now that we've given the healthcare and pharmacutical corporations the keys to the national treasury, what's to stop them from price gouging even more than they do now.

For the life of me, I cannot justify $1800 for an MRI and $625 for a monthly prescription. This is just two examples from my household medical bills.

This has to be stopped!! If we don't vote our conscience in November, we have only ourselves to blame for the bankruptcy of our government and crash of our economy that is surely coming.

As a small business owner, I am losing hope that we will ever make it now. Our government thinks it can push unlimited demands on small business, and we have already lost money for the last three years. I think the future will bring only the end of many small businesses.

A normally conservative judge was the swing vote. Guess I will change political parties now midstream too. I recommend that all people secede from the Union and take our Country back.

If someone can not afford health insurance, how will they be able to afford paying the penalty? Seems like a scene from Blazing Saddles.

Electorial college will make sure Obama stays in office another 4 more years.

Obama may be the commander in chief but he is NOT my president.

The whole idea of giving Supreme Court justices lifetime tenure was so they wouldn't be beholden to political parties. If they always ruled along party lines so they would get re-elected or re-appointed, then they wouldn't be independent. If that was the case, what would be the point of having a Supreme Court? The constitutionality of laws would largely depend on the idealogy of whichever political party was more popular at any given moment. Whether I agree with a particular decision or not, I personally don't want a wishy-washy Supreme Court whose direction changes with every election.

If you don't like the current policies,then move!!! Did you forget, ITS A FREE COUNTRY....

WHY WHEN ALL OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD YOU MOVE TO ARE THE SAME.WE USE TO STAND OUT BUT NOW WE ARE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD. HMMMM MUST HAVE BEEN PEER PRESSURE.

Ha ha ha, thanks for the laugh...

There is nothing free in this Free Country...

Demonstrated that today...health care with a fee...

Your rights end where mine begin.

Again, Obama may be the commander in chief but he is NOT my president....

Any country you move to will likely have a public option healthcare plan.

I cannot believe the Supreme Court upheld this mandate. I don't feel like an American anymore.

Why is it so hard to believe?
When it was first voted on MOST conservatives (Read GOP/Fox News) said it's totally legal. Mitt Romney said in 2010 that the mandate was totally legal. It was when it was challenged that most of the pundits began an orchestrated campaign to over whelm the air waves with the "it's illegal mantra".

What stunned me was Roberts writing saying it was in essence a tax and the government had the authority to tax without challenge. ?That was an interesting legal twist and downplayed by the Obama legal team during their arguments before the SCOTUS. Apparently it hit home with Roberts.

Best Regards
Vog

no one is keeping you here...you can leave.

HMMMM MR. CHALLENGETHEWORLD THAT RIGHT BUT WHERE SHALL WE GO NOW WE ARE JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD NO CHOICES.WAIT UNTIL YOUR NEIGHBOR START SPYING ON YOU AND REPORTS YOU TO HOMELAND POLICE SQUAD AND SAYS YOUR A THREAT TO THIS NATION JUST BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T KEEP YOUR GRASS CUT AND THEY DON'T LIKE YOU AND THEY COME AND PULL YOU OUT OF YOUR HOME DETAINED AND HOLD YOU IN JAIL WITH NO DUE PROCESS AND THEY CAN HOLD YOU FOR AS LONG AS THEY WANT.

Challange...I was making a heart-feld statement, pre-mourning if you will, the utter destruction of tens of thousands of small businesses and the destruction of our freedoms, one by one, and you have to make a sarcastic remark like that? That's so anal.

If you feel un-American, you have just as much freedom to leave. I have yet to see the basis where this actually hurts small businesses. Please provide factual basis how a small business is affected by this and please do not be vague. If you are going to raise an argument, provide factual evidence for your basis.

I'm not being anal, I'm just reaffirming the fact that you have freedom, as most conservatives are always crying about being stripped from, to leave the United States. Hell, I would have done it if Sarah Palin was elected vice president in 2008. Can you imagine what the country would be like now?

Again, what makes you feel "un-American". Would you feel more American if the government said they didn't care about you or your healthcare at all what so ever?

The problem I have is, whether I agree with the President or I don't or the decision by the Supreme Court, should it have gone as I wanted or not...I still respect my country.

This is a constitutional process. If they voted to repeal it all, yes, I would see it as a step in the wrong direction but I respect the fact that these justices are educated on the facets of your freedoms and your laws. Congress has the power to tax you, so the law is constitutional. The Congress was elected by the people, the President was elected by the people who in turn, appointed justices to the supreme court who made a decision based on facts on the laws of this nation that makes you feel "un-American".

If anyone knows how an American born-and-bred can exercise their "freedom to leave", PLEASE let me know.

I'm MORE than happy to relocate. Personally, I'm just finding it more difficult than just choosing a spot and packing up.

I bet you have health insurance.

I have car insurance, live insurance, health insurance, boat insurance, insurance if I get into an accident, insurance for my insurance....and I pay for all of it.

Health Care became a business a long time ago, this drove the cost of everything up. Sadly, treating sick people was no longer the greater cause for good. So now, we are paying the penalty of a lack of regulation.

I think the lack of knowledge over this AFA is part of the problem. You already are paying a tax for Medicaid/Medicare. Have a firm look at your paycheck, retirement check etc. This just affirms if someone is fiscally able to buy insurance, they should. If they don't then they have to contribute more because living with no insurance is not exactly a good idea.

I'd rather see everyone have the opportunity to seek health care then turn my shoulder and affirm that its not my problem.

Challenge..don't you see the big picture? First it's healthcare, then it's what you eat (Bloomberg NY,) then it's anyone (illegal, dead, dogs) being allowed to vote because you don't have to show ID. Then it's thugs at the polls (Phila.) trying to tell you how to vote...and on and on and pretty soon, you have zero rights because, little by little, they've been stripped from you. And, I DO have health insurance...and I pay 758.00 per month for said insurance.

First, mayor Bloomberg is trying to introduce a small facet by disallowing the sale of 64 oz soft drinks because he daily sees sloths corraling about his city without the moral turpitude that maybe they should have grabbed the bottled water. Sure, nothing is stopping the guy from buying two 32 oz drinks and making the same conclusion. But maybe, just maybe, the guy notices that he probably only needs the smaller one, then perhaps one life is somewhat altered. Its no different then changing the diet in a school lunchroom or elsewhere. You cannot always stop people from making poor decisions, however, you can try to dissuade them.

Second, I believe in order to operate in a civilized society, which, we are slowly working toward because in the past 200 years we have decided a few things were a bad idea (slavery, segregation, pro-life, women's right to vote) etc... All those items were "oops" moments where society had a knee jerk reaction when we tried to change them but over time they were adopted as being morally sound. You probably see this as an attempt to promote Socialism, but I see this AFA as a step in the right direction.

You don't have to buy health insurance and if you decide not to, thats your "freedom" but I am not footing the bill for it either should you be fiscally able to and make that poor decision. You should be asked to contribute via tax. Because when you are bleeding out on the side of the road, you better hope they get you healthcare quick so you can live. I see you pay for insurance and I do as well.

Guest you are way out.Not saying you don't believe what you wrote(illega,dead ,dogs)Every since i was able to vote i had to show I.D.What to eat?Welcome to the field with the cost of health insurance.

Chief Justice Roberts just sent our country completely down the road to full socialized medicine, as exists in most European countries. Be prepared for even more tax increases as the plan now moves more quickly into implementation. Those who are at 400% of the government defined poverty level or below will receive subsidies to allow them to purchase their insurance. Of course, the subsidies come from our tax money, which is why taxes must go up dramatically over time.
Millions of additional people will be added to the rolls, flooding the doctors and hospitals with new patients. Our quality of coverage will decline, and waiting time for appointments and treatment will increase.
President Obama said specifically this was not a tax issue, but of course, it is.

So its your feeling that this will hurt you because of more people getting healthcare.I get a kick out of this obamacare when it is simply healthcare.Frankly i think its a great ideal.Just my opinion doesn't make me right or wrong.Like your opinion doesn't make you right or wrong.

Throw the bums out....when is enough, enough! In November we can change things!

The Bums presented a law that is not perfect but better than the current situation. Since you said "we" can change things...what are you planning to change. You haven't presented an alternative in the Bush years, what is your plan? Where is it? What does it do? Why is it better?

Please Katy I would like to know how many of the current justices will be running for election in November, so I can help you vote them out

Oh wait federal judges are appointed for life or retirement, and the majority were appointed by GOP presidents and tend to be more conservetive.

You just gave a perfect example of the American public, they will vote and gripe with no idea what or who they are voting for and why they are gripping.

Please educate yourself on the way governemnt works and the issues that matter.

Who are we throwing out, the justices because they didn't vote the way you wanted.If i remember correctly they are there until they retire or death.

His platform for maybe 4 more years.