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Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law; Do You Support the Ruling?

High court finds the individual mandate in "Obamacare" is constitutional in a 5-4 decision.

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld President Barack Obama's health care reform law in a 5-4 ruling, sending the president into the November election with a major victory under his belt.

The heart of the issue surrounds the individual mandate clause, which required Americans to buy health care coverage or face penalties.

The justices ruled that mandate fell within Congress' power to collect taxes, and is therefore constitutional.

Justices John Roberts, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan wrote the majority opinion.

From Huffington Post:

The decision in Florida v. Department of Health and Human Services comes as something of a surprise after the generally hostile reception the law received during the six hours of oral arguments held over three days in March. But by siding with the court's four Democratic appointees, Chief Justice Roberts avoided the delegitimizing taint of politics that surrounds a party-line vote while passing Obamacare's fate back to the elected branches. GOP candidates and incumbents will surely spend the rest of the 2012 campaign season running against the Supreme Court and for repeal of the law.

Since health care reform has long been a dividing issue among the population, we're curious what locals in Northern Brookhaven think about the ruling. Let us know in the comments and answer our poll.

Jess S. June 28, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Camps? oh boy. Time to turn off the Fox News and calm down.
Jess S. June 28, 2012 at 09:22 PM
I personally would have liked to see a single payer option, If you are going to mandate health insurance there should be an affordable option. But, there is a lot of good stuff in the law and the mandate is the only way to get enough people in the pool to pay for it. People should want insurance, you never know when something is going to happen. I have seen lots of young and seemingly healthy people have accidents, get cancer, get sick, have aneurisms. I shudder to think of how those events as awful as they were would have been so much worse without insurance to cover their care.
Justin Time June 28, 2012 at 10:15 PM
All depends..if Republican or Democrat. We are too political oriented to really care what happens. Too much media hype and not enough concern on the indivual. We are all spoiled and those who are comfortable in their familiar surroundings dont want change. It is good the health care program is "alive" time the little cozies wake up and move over and let those who dont have get help. There is room for everyone in the US, we should unite and help out those in need so everyone will have a chance.
Kate June 30, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Thank God it was upheld. It just seems to me that the people who are against sure do use some portion of it. How many Republican's children are on their healthcare till 26? Is Rush going to move to Costa Rica now? I sure hope so, and take Palin,Bush,Romney,Perry and all of the other LIARS with him. PLEASE!!!!
justme July 01, 2012 at 12:49 AM
who are you?

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