Your Voice: The Supreme Court Upholds The Affordable Care Act

By a 5-4 vote, President Obama's health care legislation survived a constitutional challenge. Tell us what you think about the decision.

9:15 a.m. Update

Multiple news outlets are reporting that the United States Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act.

Chief Justice John Roberts authored the majority opinion and wrote in part,

"The Affordable Care Act is constitutional in part and unconstitutional in part  The individual mandate cannot be upheld as an exercise of Congress's power under the Commerce Clause. That Clause authorizes Congress to regulate interstate commerce, not to order individuals to engage it. In this case, however, it is reasonable to construe what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who have a certain amount of income, but choose to go without health insurance. Such legislation is within Congress's power to tax."

Read the entire opinion here, courtesy of the Supreme Court's website.

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Tell us what you think about the Court's 5-4 decision upholding the individual mandate.

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Original Story

After years of controversy over universal healthcare, and months since the historic healthcare legislation that both ends of the political spectrum have now called "Obamacare" became the subject of a legal challenge, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce a decision Thursday morning.

Check out Reuters' live Supreme Court Blog

Predicting an outcome of the case surrounding the Affordable Care Act has been a parlor game among Supreme Court watchers. The Huffington Post has a roundup of some last-minute possibilities laying out what could happen.

We want to hear from you...how do you think the court will rule? How will the ruling impact your life or of the people you know? If you're an employer, what will it mean for your business? Tell us in the comment section, or if you'd like some more space to do it, try a Patch blog.

Sonny Pondrom July 10, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Devon, Why don't you give us facts, like John Doe did above? Saying the "truth is" is really saying, "my opinion is". I believe the ACA will cost me nothing because I already have insurance and plan to use the Missouri exchange next year. I'm expecting to reduce my healthcare cost next year instead of the annual increase. I'm also happy that the insurance companies will have more business when almost 1 million additional Missourians will be covered next year.
Elizabeth July 11, 2012 at 02:47 AM
"A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have." Gerald Ford, 1974
Devon Seddon July 11, 2012 at 06:17 PM
The truth is Sonny, there are thousands of examples. Drive down Mexico Rd in St Peters, drive down St Charles Rock Road in St Ann, etc. Even you can't say the industry has picked-up. Unemployment has been at 8+% for how long? It never got over 5.5% during the previous administration. We now have the highest corporate tax-rate in the world as of April, do you think that creates jobs or do you think businesses are leaving the country because of it? I'm sorry for not pointing out the obvious, but it doesn't matter, your mind is already made-up. You don't "believe" you have to see the largest tax increase ever to cover the cost of this program as a healthcare expense. Well, believe it or not, it is. As long as you don't count it, you "believe" it isn't there. It is. What about the price increases of every product created by those you claim will carry your burden for you, will that not count either? What about the unemployment increase that will result from placing further burdens on those job-providers, does that not count?. You have a short-sighted outlook on this (first it's a TAX increase, not an ACA), constantly talking only about your own healthcare, and dismissing where this will cost all of us more, including you. I'll now need you to give an example of when government involvement has cost less than before. It's not possible, no matter what you "believe". As long as you don't want to look at some very real effects of this tax, it doesn't matter what facts I give you.
Devon Seddon July 11, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Thank you Elizabeth, that's what this is... bigger government taking, in the name of giving. It's the "enlightened" & "tolerant" forcing their will upon those who have different beliefs & opinions (ironic isn't it), and using misdirection to fool the rest with "gifts", while hiding the fact that we will all pay more for it via tax-increases & the resulting economic effects. ps- No one on here has even addressed my repeated request for an example of when getting the government involved in anything has ever cost the people less in the long run.
Devon Seddon July 12, 2012 at 07:30 AM
I'm guessing you got your satisfactory response from an insurance company or government employee. Someone who maybe profits from the staus quo? What if crossing state lines would actually create COMPETITION instead? Competition that afforded customers with more choices? That would make insurance prices go down, right? Yeah, but I'm sorry, we only have a couple-hundred years of evidence that prove it, unlike what you have your faith in. Clever managers, that's my exact point and you still missed it. The repeated burdens on business have already caused these 'clever managers' to cut corners. Somehow you missed that part, and that part where the economy is in shambles, and unemployment is at a 70 year high, but somehow you found the part where it says that your premiums dictate the quality of your care. Look, ample competition is the only thing proven to eliminate corner-cutting, because it results in a loss of customers (when they have options), boundries & limits (regulations & record tax-rates) promote the opposite. Social medicine is only a "bad word" if you need people to look at this as something else. "You can't me sell a definition vacant the word it defines." That's how they trained you. It's the same thing you keep trying to do with the word: "tax", like if you cover your eyes, it's not there. Well, Peek-a-boo. It is.


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