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POLL: Supreme Court's Health Care Decision, Right or Wrong?

Court largely upholds the law, often referred to as Obamacare, in a Thursday morning ruling. What's your take?

The Supreme Court of the United States largely upheld the Affordable Care Act in a hotly-debated and long-anticipated decision Thursday morning.

The individual mandate, a key provision of the law that requires most Americans to maintain “minimum essential” health insurance coverage, passed muster with the judges.

Their decision did however limit the ability of the law, known as Obamacare, to require states to expand their Medicare programs. 

You can find the text of the court's ruling here.

The ruling will affect millions of people; it is also expected to boost President Barack Obama's chances in the November presidential elections.

What's your take on the court's ruling on the health care law? TELL US IN THE COMMENTS

Shripathi Kamath July 01, 2012 at 04:41 PM
@tinytom, A really complex issue, which I cannot even begin to address in this limited context. But a one word answer: education. It should be a good topic for discussion in its own right. If only the Patch had a discussion forum where one could start a topic and discuss it. Or may be one can blog an article and then we can all attack it. :-)
Al Wehrle July 01, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Sripathi, as usual is spot on. A very good care system exists in Taiwan. When they went to design their program a number of years ago...long before the ACA....they took a good look at what we have been doing in this country and correctly concluded to adopt none of our methodology and pretty much do the opposite of what passes for a system in this country. Check with their citizens, providers, and budget gurus....all are quite pleased. Show this to our Rethuglican House of Representatives.
Alberto Barrera July 01, 2012 at 08:55 PM
@met00 Do you even know who you're writing to?
MFriedrich July 01, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Well, who's looking after the health insurance companies in this new deal? It's not fair, I mean look at this. The goal posts have been moved yet again. How are they going to make a profit here? Pre-existing condition tactics and otherwise denying sick people health coverage became a very lucrative business and one that employed thousands of highly paid, and might I add, highly taxed individuals.
Shripathi Kamath July 01, 2012 at 10:07 PM
@mfriedrich The insurance companies were dying. The margins were getting slim where they had more incentive to move to other industries. Like renters' insurance which will be one of the next boom sectors. Till ObamaCare gave them a temporary reprieve. For about a decade. For better or for worse, we are moving towards single-payer, because the government will soon be the *only* entity that can afford to remain in the market. Their administration costs will be minimal (like they are of Social Security, since profit is no longer the prime motivation), and the healthcare providers would prefer to get paid. Note to wingnuts-wannabe: I did not say that I want a single-payer system, I am simply pointing out that given how we are today, and the reluctance of Congress to do much, we may have no choice but a single-payer system. Status quo before ObamaCare was unsustainable. ObamaCare too is unsustainable, but it gives us about 8-10 years to find a viable alternative

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