Supreme Court upholds centerpiece of Obamacare
After some initial confusion from this morning’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the centerpiece of President’s Obama health care overhaul law has been upheld, which will require most Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014 or be subjected to a fine. The photos below present a timeline between August 2009 when President Obama began holding town hall meetings to discuss health insurance reform and today’s Supreme Court ruling.
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Supreme Court upholds health care law’s mandate
Justices say Medicaid expansion may be unconstitutional
Staff and wire reports
11:50 a.m. EDT, June 28, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care law Thursday, ruling that the government may impose tax penalties on people who do not have health insurance.
The court’s long-awaited ruling rejected a broad legal attack on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act brought by Republican state officials and the National Federation of Independent Business.
The legal challenge focused on the law’s so-called mandate that all must have insurance by 2014 or pay a tax penalty.
The administration defended this requirement under Congress’ power to regulate interstate commerce. The challengers insisted the mandate was unprecedented and unconstitutional because the federal government would be forcing Americans to buy a private product.
Jun 28, 2012 @ 13:50:21
Our Constitutional rights have been subordinated to the powerlust of the health fascists and the greed of the insurance industry! Requiring the insurance companies to pay for goodies for some was a cynical gambit by the Obama administration to inflict financial hardships on the industry, while currying favor with the short-sighted. Then, they used those hardships that they imposed, unnecessarily, as the pretext for the mandate. And then, all people would be in the clutches of the health fascists, who want to control the details of our personal lives, and whose pseudo-science is based on quackery, fraud and charlatanism! No escape would be possible, because those intrusions are a required part of every ACA-approved health insurance plan! The National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council will be chaired by the politician-appointed Surgeon General, whose every report on smoking has been suitable for a trial exhibit of scientific fraud. The Council members are the politician-appointed heads of other government departments, which will be enlisted into a monolithic health fascist policy juggernaut, with a politician-appointed Advisory Council which “shall develop policy and program recommendations and advise the Council on lifestyle-based chronic disease prevention and management, integrative health care practices, and health promotion.” This government is totally corrupt.
Jun 28, 2012 @ 13:00:15
“Forward Barack J-Smoove” I think this is great for our President and it couldn’t have been better timing! I’m proud of Obama! Great job, Sir!
Jun 28, 2012 @ 12:59:15
Pay for healthcare hopefully you will have d decent job that will allow you to be able to afford healthcare. you can barely fine a decent job let alone paying for healthcare. i thimk it is unfair only the welloff can afford that .
Jun 28, 2012 @ 12:16:00
From what I understand, this new tax, mainly affecting the middle class, will add about 40 million people to insurance coverage, but no additional doctors. However, it is also going to add something like 60 thousand IRS agents ( to follow-up on people to see if they have the mandated health insurance. So, in the future we will probably often have to our medical ailments treated by IRS agents.