The Supreme Court issued a ruling Thursday upholding the health care overhaul that was a centerpiece of President Obama's first term in office.
Media outlets, politicians, pundits and voters around the country are abuzz with thoughts and opinions about the decision, even as people work to figure out the details, nuances and implications of the ruling.
Here in Somerville, the initial reaction seems positive.
On the Somerville Patch Facebook page, one reader wrote, "I'm celebrating!"
Another said, "SO awesome! Maybe money can't buy the SCOTUS after all?"
Another, Kerrie O'Connell Callahan, had this to say:
"Well, here in MA nothing changes. It isn't mandated to have insurance but like MA, if you do not have it, you'll be taxed. I really am glad it was upheld however, the real concern is the exorbitant costs of health care. That needs to be regulated and if it was, I don't see the health care mandate being as big of a deal that it is being made out to be. What's even better is that despite Romney's promises of repealing, it's highly unlikely it will happen, even if he is voted in."
On Twitter, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone had this to say about the ruling:
"Got to wonder if the Republicans will recognize that they fought and lost on health care. Time to move on."
He also took a shot at Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, saying, "Mitt Romney getting ready to make a statement on #ACA decision. Logic sure to be tortured."
What do you think of Thursday's Supreme Court ruling and the health care overhaul in general?