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ObamaCare Upheld By Supreme Court With One Exception To Medicaid

Supreme Court of the United States Upholds ObamaCare

ObamaCare is coming fully to state and federal agency’s near you in 2014, the Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favor of the controversial plan which calls for an individual tax mandate for anyone who does not buy into medical insurance coverage.

The court upheld the Affordable Care Act with just one Medicaid-related exception.

According to SCOTUSblog Chief Justice John Roberts’ vote “saved” ObamaCare as he slipped over tot he left and upheld the individual mandate as constitutional with a 5-4 court ruling.

The only exception according to the justices’ decision was that “the federal government’s power to terminate states’ Medicaid funds is narrowly read.”

In issuing its ruling the Supreme Court’s justices wrote:

“Our precedent demonstrates that Congress had the power to impose the exaction in Section 5000A under the taxing power, and that Section 5000A need not be read to do more than impose a tax. This is sufficient to sustain it.”

While the full impact of the Affordable Health Care act will not be implemented until 2014 the Supreme Court could have killed nearly the entire purpose of the act had they decided the individual mandate was unlawful.

The SCOTUSblog broke the court’s decision down into plain English:

There were not five votes to uphold it on the ground that Congress could use its power to regulate commerce between the states to require everyone to buy health insurance. However, five Justices agreed that the penalty that someone must pay if he refuses to buy insurance is a kind of tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power. That is all that matters. Because the mandate survives, the Court did not need to decide what other parts of the statute were constitutional, except for a provision that required states to comply with new eligibility requirements for Medicaid or risk losing their funding. On that question, the Court held that the provision is constitutional as long as states would only lose new funds if they didn’t comply with the new requirements, rather than all of their funding.

Are you surprised by the Supreme Courts decision?

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11 Responses to “ObamaCare Upheld By Supreme Court With One Exception To Medicaid”

  1. Aida Castro-Jacques

    WELCOME TO SOCIALISM!
    I thought we are a democratic society.

  2. Carol Ottinger

    Everytime someone goes to the emergency room, you and I are paying that bill. I frankly think it's time we all got to stop paying for everyones healthcare and just pay our own. We have to pay our homeowners insurance and car insurance. What's the difference?

  3. Carol Ottinger

    You don't even know what the word means or you'd be smart enough to know we are not even close to a socialist society. It's just a nice word you think sounds knowledgable.

  4. Susan Berg

    We ARE a democratic society. Just because a few things we partake in are "socialized" doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad thing. READ the bill! It's a lot better than you've been led to believe. Is it perfect, NO, but it's far better than what we had.

  5. Susan Dion Sheldon

    Like frogs in a pan of cold water. The heat is rising slowly. Hitler is dancing in his grave and we are one step closer to slavery and totalitarianism. We now must all accept the CHIP in the arm because it is a very crucial part of the whole plan. They can now have full access to our medical history and our bank accounts. And they can even swipe us from a distance. And the sheep keep walking to the slaughter. Abraham Lincoln and JFK and General Keegan warned you, but public education and the media made sure you did not hear anything. BEam me up Scotty, there is no intelligent life on earth.

  6. Susan Dion Sheldon

    Like frogs in a pan of cold water. The heat is rising slowly. Hitler is dancing in his grave and we are one step closer to slavery and totalitarianism. We now must all accept the CHIP in the arm because it is a very crucial part of the whole plan. They can now have full access to our medical history and our bank accounts. And they can even swipe us from a distance. And the sheep keep walking to the slaughter. Abraham Lincoln and JFK and General Keegan warned you, but public education and the media made sure you did not hear anything. BEam me up Scotty, there is no intelligent life on earth.

  7. Keith Ketron

    Well not to be rude Ms. Ottinger…but I do not have healthcare coverage and everytime I go to a doctor or the emergency room for treatment the bill is sent to me and I pay for it…how is that you think only healthcare covered people pay for everyone else?

  8. Lance Remund

    I'd rather get sick and die than to purchase that bastard's health care plan! As for all you. As for all you SOB's who wanted that tyranny to pass, you can take it and stick-it-where-the-sun-don't-shine! Don't you SOBs come cryin to us when you see what it does to this nation!

  9. Zosia Dabrowski

    Governor Rick Scott is right. If medicaid is expanded, than we will have more poverty because poor get everything for free (welfare, food stamps, and health insurance) on taxpayers' money. It is a sin and a crime to bring children into the world into poverty. Why should the middle class and upper class pay the bills for the 15 million poor? The poor need to stop multiply into poverty. I have heard of one family where man is disable but fathered 7 children and the entire family lives on taxpayers' money. This is discrimination and abuse against working Americans. Wake up Americans.