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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 the town of Smithtown think about the ruling. Let us know in the comments and answer our poll.

Mung Bean July 04, 2012 at 04:07 AM
"This is the greatest loss of freedom in our lifetime...?" Its this type of hysterical purple prose that prevents rational debate in today's politics. This is not Soviet Russia, its not even Finland. This idea was the brain child of the Heritage Institute for Pete's sake! Look at "Romneycare" in Massachusetts or even Hawaii whose Universal Healthcare is even more "Socialist." The citizens of those states are pretty darn happy with their Healthcare from what I have read. So the government wants you to be a responsible citizen, if you choose to smoke, get lung cancer - the rest of us who don't smoke don't have to pay for all of your chemo - I'm fine with that, like I'm fine with the government telling me that if I drink and drive I go to jail. There are tons of stupid ideas from the Liberal side of the aisle (outlawing Soda?) - but this isn't one of them. No one should lose a loved one because they can't afford the care. If my tax dollars go to keeping some kids mother alive, I'm happy with that. I believe that's what living in a democracy is about.
Marion Knott July 04, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Happy Fourth of July to all of you. You can all speak your mind because this day symbolizes our Independence. Enjoy the day and count your blessings those who have them and pray for those who don't.
pbug56 July 04, 2012 at 04:35 AM
For all of you mourning your supposed list of freedoms on today, Independence Day, a few thoughts; 1. Obamacare, correctly known as Romneycare, or NewtCare - it is a compilation of REPUBLICAN proposals over a number of years that Obama figured would help some and ought to pass since every single piece of it came from Republicans - who disavowed it the moment Obama supported it. 2. If there is one thing that Republicans are working on harder in much of the country then in defeating their own health care proposals, it is doing everything it can to cut back on the number of properly registered Latino and African American voters from actually casting their votes on Election Day in November. 3. If you have any confusion about who is paying to defeat Romneycare, push anti-voting initiatives, suppress women's reproductive rights; Google the Koch Brothers, and then move on from there to find their friends. 4. If you wonder whose side Mitt Romney is actually on in anything - that's easy - his. Remember - he said "I love to fire people". Remember - Bain Capital's claim to fame - save a few companies, squeeze the living daylights out of a bunch of others, offshore as many American jobs as possible, get even richer by having tax protected offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands. Are any of us in Commack rich enough to afford the lies and the attack on the middle class that he such a huge part of?
Mung Bean July 04, 2012 at 04:44 AM
I know this idea sounds like Socialism/Communism/Totalitarianism to most conservatives, but we are supposed to be a UNITED States of America. You know, people who come together to form a more perfect UNION. To me, that implies that we work together and take care of each other to make our lives and our nation better. Unfortunately, we aren't Amish so not everyone is can lend a hand at the barn raising so we levy taxes, instead. There are many documented cases of people are denied Health Care in America, just google it. Here is a youtube clip "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwGLdYBm1bY" of someone testifying before Congress that they denied someone health care (and the person subsequently died). And frankly, how "Free" is someone who has a major health crisis and no health care? Do you really have control if you if need charity or fundraisers to help pay for health care?
Mung Bean July 04, 2012 at 05:14 AM
@Brian. By your rationale then, President Obama must be the best person for the job because more people voted for him than McCain! I'm so glad to agree with you on something!!! God Bless America!!!

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