Supreme Court Upholds ObamaCare
Thursday June 28th, 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the Health Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, by a ruling of 5-4. The ruling said its requirement that most Americans obtain insurance or pay a penalty was authorized by Congress’s power to levy taxes. The vote was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joining the court’s four more liberal members.
The Affordable Health Care Act is a big win for the Obama Administration, as many believe that this will put him over the top in the upcoming Presidential election.
The court also substantially limited the law’s expansion of Medicaid, the joint federal-state program that provides health care to poor and disabled people. Seven justices agreed that Congress had exceeded its constitutional authority by coercing states into participating in the expansion by threatening them with the loss of existing federal payments.
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a Rebublican, is not happy that the Act was upheld. He said, “Obamacare was bad policy yesterday; it’s bad policy today.” He, like Congressional Republicans, renewed his pledge to undo the law.
One problem that could occur with the Act was the fact that Medicare will be cut by $500 million. In my opinion, this is not a good thing, especialy when an era of baby boomers will become senior citizens. I hope that care for senior citizens do not lose too many programs that benefit them for their golden years.
This will most likely mean that primary care will be more important in individuals lives. They will have affordable health care, so they can get checkups more frequently. I can only hope that people do not take advantage of the affordable health care and cause taxes to go up for all people, including those who have previously been able to afford their own health care.