Patch's Poll: Do You Agree with the Supreme Court Decision to Uphold the Health Care Mandate?

The Supreme Court ruled today that the government can mandate that Americans purchase health insurance. We want your reactions.


In a major decision Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a crucial piece of the federal Affordable Care Act: an individual mandate requiring all Americans purchase health insurance.

The contentious portion of the law — which drew disputes among Congressional lawmakers in 2009 and was fought on legal grounds by Attorneys General across the United States since — is considered the “heart” of the law, according to CBS.

“The decision creates some certainty surrounding federal health care policy, allowing federal and state rulemakers to, for now, implement this law,” CBS said.

According to The Associated Press, the high court “rejected arguments that Congress went too far in requiring most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.”

In the United States there are 30 million people today who go without insurance. Through the mandate, the law hopes to stem this problem, as well as .

Do you agree with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling, which allows for lawmakers to mandate Americans purchase health insurance? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

MAC June 28, 2012 at 09:49 PM
SCOTUS' ruling is shocking, especially that Roberts joined the 4 liberals to uphold this legislation that was passed in such a dastardly fashion. Two other ironies are that: 1) Obama as a senator voted against confirming Roberts to the SCOTUS, and yet here he has been the one to seemingly go against all expectations and 'save Obama's bacon'! 2) That the mandate was "upheld" by the court NOT under the Commerce Clause, but under the notion that congress does have the power to TAX Americans if they don't purchase something, and the PENALTY for not purchasing insurance is ruled to be a "TAX." Obama had repeatedly declared that the penalties under Obamacare for not buying insurance are "not a tax." The "poll" that matters most will be in November, and this overwhelmingly unpopular result today (some 60% of Americans hate Obamacare) will help Romney get elected!
Kman June 29, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Well, I am not too sure about the Affordable Care Act as being good, but the ruling was def the right one. Leave it up to the people & congress to decide


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