POLL: Do You Agree With the Supreme Court's Decision to Uphold the Health Care Act?
The health care reform bill–dubbed "Obamacare" by opponents–was signed into law in March 2010 and has been under scrutiny by many–including 26 states that filed a lawsuit against it.
The most controversial clause of the Affordable Care Act has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, the court announced Thursday.
The group of bills aimed at overhauling the American health care system was signed into law by President Barack Obama in March 2010. Since then, 26 states filed suit against the act, stating that provisions in it required most uninsured Americans to purchase health insurance were unconstitutional.
According to the Washington Post, the Supreme Court agreed that the mandate itself is unconstitutional, but that it is within the rights of Congress to tax individuals for not having health care. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion.
The ruling also upheld a portion of the bill that asks states to expand their Medicaid coverage, but said that the federal government cannot without Medicaid funding for states that choose not to comply.
Henry Ford Health Care, which is based in Dearborn, tweeted their support about the decision.
"This ruling is a 'win-win' for patients and the country's health care system, says Henry Ford CEO, Nancy Schlichting," the health network tweeted from its @HenryFordNews account.
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Brighton) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday:
“Today’s Supreme Court decision makes one thing clear: we must redouble our efforts to change leadership in the U.S. Senate and the White House to undo this burdensome Obama healthcare tax that will punish those who cannot afford health insurance and is stifling job creation in America."
“No court can change the facts about this disastrous law," Rogers said. "The law has not made health care more affordable as President Obama promised it would. Health insurance premiums are 18 percent higher today than they were in 2009. The law has not allowed families to keep their existing coverage as President Obama promised it would. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that by 2016, at least 4 million Americans will lose their employer-sponsored coverage. Finally, the law does not reduce our budget deficit. Instead, new estimates reveal the law’s $2.5 trillion in new spending will actually increase our deficit and worsen our long-term budget outlook.”
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