What Do You Think: Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law

People are reacting around the country to Thursday's Supreme Court ruling about President Obama's health care reform. What do you think?

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?

Trisha June 28, 2012 at 05:20 PM
WTH why not leave this way ? I'm having problem because I'm disability
wildmustang June 28, 2012 at 10:04 PM
It is the right decision as it will help lower the deficit and will help those that in medical needs.
Tom Walsh June 29, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Remember everyone that the court is not deciding whether or not the law is a good thing, just whether the law is constitutional. Quick overview of the decision: 1) 5 out of 9 justices said Congress can't just require you to buy something. The disagreement centered on whether requiring a purchase counted as "regulating commerce". The majority said no -- congress can't require you engage in commerce, they can only regulate you if you decide to engage in commerce. 2) All 9 justices said that Congress is free to adjust taxes up or down depending on whether or not you buy something. This is a no-brainer, as we already do this with dozens of other things besides health insurance. 3) 5 out of 9 justices said that Congress did, in fact, adjust taxes up and down with this law. That is, nobody is *required* to buy health insurance. It just that people who do buy it pay less taxes than people who don't. The disagreement was basically over the technical wording of the law, rather than the practical effects of the law. Or, in other words, had Congress just been a little bit more careful with the wording this would have passed 9-0. For example, instead of saying "mandate", they should have said "tax deduction". And instead of saying "penalty fee", they should have said "higher tax". I recommend reading the court opinion written by Roberts if you haven't already.


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