Supreme Court Affirms Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Supreme Court announced June 28 a decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in its entirety. The court ruled that the individual mandate—among the most controversial aspects of the 2010 health care reform act—was a constitutionally allowable tax. The vote was 5 to 4.

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4 Responses to “Supreme Court Affirms Affordable Care Act”

  1. Paula says:

    I have a HUGE problem with the government taxing people for not having insurance. There are millions of people out of work but they do not qualify to Medicaid or Medicare. Their are also millions who fall into the gap-make too much for Medicaid and not enough for private insurance. How are they supposed to pay the tax when they can’t afford the insurance? Medicaid will not lower the standard to qualify for Medicaid. YET the government will pay for illegal aliens, 3-8 babies when the parents can’t afford them, etc. Just another way for the government to tax people and use the tax to spend more money that is not on health care-I have plenty of suggestions such as taxing companies who send the majority of their jobs overseas or their money is put into overseas accounts at 50% of the rate, etc then maybe the jobs will come back to the USA and more people will be able to afford insurance since they will have a job

  2. Kathy says:

    Paula why do think those companies took their job elsewhere? Because our government has become too intrusive in their regulations. Businesses need to make a profit to stay in business – so they can hire more people! But this government has placed so many regs. On them it is impossible to operate at a profit any longer. We don’t need anymore taxes, penalties – we simply need the government out of the way and let the markets compete.

    And here comes government healthcare.

  3. ginny says:

    I too cringe at being forced to purchase insurance…Wait a minute… Social Security?? medicare??? auto insurance… we are already forced to pay for insurance…the new healthplan is not perfect, and it will need editing in the future BUT we all already pay taxes for uninsured people who cannot afford to buy health insurance. If a private contractor, or painter, or waiter, or carpenter gets into an accident, our taxes pay the hospital bills that they default on, or for the medicaid they will receive.
    If you go to the Massachusetts website http://www.MAHealthconnector.org , a single person can get private healthcare for $260 per month, whereas in NY if you go to the united healthcare website, a comparable plan costs $1300!! Great System we have. Let’s keep it, shall we?
    Doesn’t anybody think it illogical to tie healthcare to your job!!?? If I get a long term illness and am out of work for over 3 months, I will loose my insurance, or have to pay COBRA, while I have no income!! Brilliant!!
    I have friends who are forced to continue working full time for a company they hate because they need the health insurance. I have another friend who is 62 and just had a stroke, but has to continue to drive 40 miles to work to keep the full time job until he is eligible for medicare…..if he doesn’t have a heart attack before he reaches 65. He really would like to work part time closer to home. He could do that if he had affordable healthcare not tied to a job. Start thinking people!! We already pay taxes for the uninsured. Now they will be able to pay their share.

  4. Donna M says:

    Thanks, Ginny! I agree. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but at least it was an Act of Congress. Does it take another Act of Congress to get our representatives back to work to improve the economy and jobs and stop waisting time trying to defeat this bill? Get over it, Congress! Start doing something constructive and refine it, if need be, but stop trying to defeat the first real effort achieved in DECADES to get healthcare to all Americans. Universal Healthcare is not a dirty word.

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