The Supreme Court decision has been handed down, but the debate continues. Mitt Romney promises to repeal it upon taking office, if he is elected President. Supporters see the issue as a reason to vote for Barack Obama in November. Social networking sites are on fire with the debate over whether Obamacare is good for the nation.
Chief Justice John Roberts was expected to vote against the mandate in the law that would force people to buy health insurance. However, while stating that it would be unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause, it is constitutional as a tax.
Americans for Prosperity calls it the worst decisions that the Supreme Court ever made.
Never mind that Congress made it clear it did not intend to impose the individual mandate to buy health insurance as a tax. Never mind that the razor-thin majority by which Obamacare passed would never have existed if that majority had known it was imposing a tax on every living American. Never mind that the case might not have made it to judgment until 2014 if it had walked into the courthouse as an objection to a tax.
Townhall and Freedomworks America see this as a reason to impeach President Obama.
When Barack Obama was a candidate for president, he endorsed universal health insurance, but opposed forcing individuals to buy their own insurance.
As president, he signed into law a bill that violates both of these promises. The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) gives the federal government the authority to tell every American what insurance they must have, where they will get it and what they will pay for it. Moreover, even as it violates another campaign promise (“if you’re in a plan you like, you can keep it”), the most optimistic estimate expects 23 million people will remain uninsured once the new health reform law is fully implemented.
Some states will refuse to expand Medicaid, which is the one provision in Obamacare that the Supreme Court struck down.
While upholding the most hotly debated part of the health care overhaul law — a requirement that most Americans have health insurance or pay a penalty — the Supreme Court said in its ruling on Thursday that states did not have to expand Medicaid as Congress had intended — leaving a huge question mark over the law’s mechanism for providing coverage to 17 million of the poorest people.
In writing the law, Congress assumed that the poorest uninsured people would gain coverage through Medicaid, while many people with higher incomes would receive federal subsidies to buy private insurance. Now, poor people who live in a state that refuses to expand its Medicaid program will find themselves in a predicament, unable to obtain either Medicaid or subsidies.
New York Times
Michael Moore is celebrating the Supreme Court decision.
“OK, we’ve got this piece of it,” Moore declared. “Now let’s move forward and get the next piece and the next piece. There’s no going back, though. This — we’re on the path that — of leading toward this universal health care.”
Read more: http://times247.com/articles/michael-moore-there-s-no-stopping-universal-healthcare#ixzz1zIV8CrZM
The most voices, and possibly the loudest, are against Obamacare. In the next installment, this overview will look at more supporters of Obamacare.