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Madison, What Do You Think? Do You Agree with the Supreme Court Decision to Uphold the Health Care Mandate?

The Supreme Court ruled today that the government can mandate that Americans purchase health insurance. We want your reactions.

 

In a major decision Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a crucial piece of the federal Affordable Care Act: an individual mandate requiring all Americans purchase health insurance.

The contentious portion of the law — which drew disputes among Congressional lawmakers in 2009 and was fought on legal grounds by Attorneys General across the United States since — is considered the “heart” of the law, according to CBS.

“The decision creates some certainty surrounding federal health care policy, allowing federal and state rulemakers to, for now, implement this law,” CBS said.

According to The Associated Press, the high court “rejected arguments that Congress went too far in requiring most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.”

In the United States there are 30 million people today who go without insurance. Through the mandate, the law hopes to stem this problem, as well as .

Do you agree with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling, which allows for lawmakers to mandate Americans purchase health insurance? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Linda June 28, 2012 at 03:28 PM
This is not Russia, this is supposed to be the USA where we have choices, or did anyway.
Tom June 28, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Will restrict care in the interest of controlling costs- it will accomplish the first part (restricting care) and will fail at the second (controlling costs) - sounds great! Brace for the changes coming in your medical care.
Charles June 28, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Thank you Sean Hannity. Will control costs and not restrict care. Can't only listen to the FOX news and Daria Novak lies. Sorry, a 90 year old woman does not need a mammogram.
Tom June 28, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Charles, Thanks for the name calling- always helpful to reduce the discussion to the lowest possible level right away. Any other boogey men you want to get out of your system? W? Rush Limbaugh? Dick Cheney? The fact of the matter is that if you look at government-run health care programs like those in the UK and the Scandinavian countries or even Canada , costs are controlled very well. However, costs ARE controlled by limiting access to services. Use the 90 year old woman and her mammogram if you want to construct the extreme examples that demonstrate your misunderstanding of the issue if you like (by the way, your example suggests that even you admit that care ought to/will be restricted even though you say it won't- so which is it?), but the more real example of cancer or cardiac care for the healthy but older patient is the greater question. Those patients are going to get squeezed by government guidleines, and yes, this will control costs. The problem is that the American health care consumer inevitably wants costs controlled as they apply to someone else's family. I'm not sure that the American public (or Charles) is ready for those cost controls when they show up at their(or their parents') front door. We'll see if Charles has the courage of his convictions then. I hope he's right. Sadly, I suspect he's wrong. I also suspect that the members of Congress know that he's wrong- they exempted themselves from the law. I wonder why they would do that?
Adrian Wisting June 30, 2012 at 04:13 AM
A very complicated issue but find it extremely frightening that anyone has the right to limit health care based on their personal opinion. We have provided health benefits to our employees and their families (no cost to them), for the past 30 years (when it was not mandated) and we have worked our knuckles to the bone to provide this benefit. Now as we grow old I find it nauseating thinking that we will be limited as to what we need. Maybe there have been years of corrupt behavior in the health care industry but we did not commit it and resent being punished for someone else's misdeeds. With unemployment as high as it is, most people are struggling to put food on their table and a roof over their heads. God help us all. It is also amazing to me that all the people who are making these health care decisions will never be without it because taxpayers pay for them to have the best at our expense for the rest of their remaining days without the possibility of being rejected based on their age. Remember these words, "Of the people, by the people, FOR THE PEOPLE"!!!
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