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Obamacare Upheld by Supreme Court: Take Our Poll

Is this ruling good for America, or will Obamacare be a tragic mistake? Take the Patch poll and share your views with fellow south suburban residents.

The Supreme Court decided on a 5-4 vote released Thursday that the Affordable Care Act, which mandates every American to purchase health insurance, is constitutional.

The Supreme Court ruled that the federal government can levy a "tax" on individuals who do not buy into the system. The individual health care mandate is the key provision in Obamacare, and many are calling it a huge win for the president as we approach the November elections. The Obama administration touted the law passed in March 2010 as its signature legislative achievement.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts provided the decisive vote. The judges said the individual mandate cannot be upheld under the commerce clause, but that Congress's ability to tax and spend in this case is upheld. Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented.

The decision means the historic overhaul of the health insurance system will continue to unfold over the coming years.

Want to know more? Visit The Affordable Care Act website.

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What do you think? Agree, disagree? Take the Patch poll.

Mark July 08, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Since this has gotten down to the Bob's & Russ's of this country.....,. It is time to utterly stomp the canard that both the left and right have an equally compelling world-view and record. For anyone with even a modicum of honesty, knowledge and observational faculty has deduced that modern Liberalism is a paper tiger which has utterly failed in every actual historic application. Further, the more modern liberal theory is applied, the worse the failure.
Russ July 08, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Mark, interesting comment, from my point of view every time corporate America, the rich and powerful have been unchecked they run the country into the ditch until, the people retake control.As much as you may like liberalism to go away, it never will.The 99% are a good example of that.
Robert July 09, 2012 at 12:28 AM
"Study Finds Fox News Viewers Least Informed Of All Viewers" Even people who watch no news were better informed than Fox viewers. We know Bob, they're in cahoots with the World Health Org and The Congressional Budget offc to discredit Faux newsies. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/23/fox-news-less-informed-new-study_n_1538914.html
Hernendo RevolveR July 09, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Hazelgreen - That was a racist statement.
D July 09, 2012 at 01:13 AM
We need understand that we were all put on this Earth to serve. That is our purpose. If everyone looked out for everyone, we wouldn't have all this greed, hate, or poor people. It is only going to get worse. Man cannot fix these problems. It is not an even playing field and it will never be until the Second Coming. Blessings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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