Supreme Court Upholds Federal Healthcare Mandate

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

The ruling came in with a 5 to 4 majority.
President Obama’s federal health care law is upheld, deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court.
Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the courts four liberal justices.
No surprise, Republicans are not happy, Including Congresswoman Martha Roby from Alabama.

“They upheld the individual mandate not under the commerce clause but rather under congresses ability to tax and this flies in the face of the presidents vow to not tax middle class Americans. This is going to be one of the biggest tax increases in the United States of America.” U.S. Representative Martha Roby said.

Tax is brought up because under this law, most Americans will have a tax penalty if they don't buy health insurance.
She believes this will have long-term, devastating effects on many people in the wiregrass.

“Let’s call it what the Supreme Court has called it, and that is a tax on the American people and it’s not going to be good on Alabamians in any way shape or form. It does not drive down costs, it does not make health care more accessible, it says if you don’t provide the healthcare as we mandate it, then we are going to tax you. That’s not good for anybody.” Roby said.

However, President Barack Obama says this act was created in the country's best interest.
He believes the ruling will provide affordable health care to millions of uninsured Americans.

“I respect the concerns millions of Americans have shown and I know a lot of this has focused on what it means politically. Well it should be pretty clear by now that I didn’t do this because it was good politics, I did it because I believed it was good for the country.” President Obama said.

Mister Obama says it's time to move forward and work towards improving the health care law.
But Roby doesn’t seem to agree.

“I will stay committed to repealing this law and replacing it with a law that is based on free market principles that will drive down costs.” Roby said.

When asked who she thought this ruling would benefit in the up-coming election, Roby responded...
“I think it could be a platform from which Mitt Romney can stand. It certainly violates the vow of this president to not raise taxes on the American people particularly the middle class. This law has had and will have devastating effects.”

However the court did strike down parts of the law.
Justices say it goes too far by requiring states to expand Medicaid coverage to the poor.
They also upheld a section that is popular among many Americans, and politicians.
Adults 26 and younger can still stay on their parents' insurance.

“I think there have been certain provisions of this law that have polled popular in this country. That has been one of them that people have seemed to like. I personally don’t think it’s a good incentive for someone under the age of 26 to go out and get a job with health insurance with benefits.” Roby said.

Despite the rulings, the battle over what's right and wrong may not end here.
Under this law, states will be playing a large role in delivering various kinds of coverage to lower income and middle class people.

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