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Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform, Responses Mixed

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform

In a historic decision today, the Supreme Court upheld a critical piece of the health care reform President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The piece of health care reform, which is also commonly referred to as “ObamaCare,” requires all Americans to acquire health insurance. The decision also upholds an individual tax mandate for individuals who do not buy into medical insurance coverage.

The response to the Supreme Court decision on health care reform has been mixed.

As CBS News reports, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell disagrees with the Supreme Court ruling:

“Today’s decision makes one thing clear: Congress must act to repeal this misguided law. Obamacare has not only limited choices and increased health care costs for American families, it has made it harder for American businesses to hire.”

In a press release released today, the National Retail Federation echoes McConnell’s sentiments:

“As the voice of retailers of all types and sizes, we’re disappointed by today’s ruling. The Court missed an opportunity to redress the many shortcomings of the law.

As it stands, the law wrongly focuses more on penalizing employers and the private sector than reducing health costs. For these reasons, NRF has been a consistent skeptic of the Affordable Care Act.”

The National Retail Federation is the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide. According to the press release, the group has been working closely with lawmakers since the Affordable Care Act emerged in 2010 in the hopes that the new health care reform would help make health insurance coverage more accessible and affordable. However, the group believes that the law as stands is “riddled with punitive mandates and penalties that were as unreasonable as they were unworkable.”

“Although the Court upheld the law’s constitutionality, many problems remain: it penalizes employers too much; it doesn’t do enough to reduce the cost of health care; and it is unreasonably complicated and difficult to implement and administer.

This law will have a dramatic, negative impact on every employer and employee in the United States and further constrain job creation and economic growth.”

The National Retail Foundation plans to redouble its efforts to repeal the recent health care reform.

However, not all groups have negative feelings about the Supreme Court’s upholding of the health care reform law. As Meka Sales, a public health professional from Charlotte, NC, told CBS News:

“We were totally unprepared for such a favorable decision. I think tears were on deck for a disappointment but what an incredible surprise. The room was filled with complete joy and a sense of justice for those that will have access to health care in the future.”

The American Medical Association (AMA) in a press release today also supports the Supreme Court’s upholding health care reform. Founded in 1847, the AMA’s mission is to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health. The AMA believes that health care reform will be beneficial to public health:

“This decision protects important improvements, such as ending coverage denials due to pre-existing conditions and lifetime caps on insurance, and allowing the 2.5 million young adults up to age 26 who gained coverage under the law to stay on their parents’ health insurance policies. The expanded health care coverage upheld by the Supreme Court will allow patients to see their doctors earlier rather than waiting for treatment until they are sicker and care is more expensive. The decision upholds funding for important research on the effectiveness of drugs and treatments and protects expanded coverage for prevention and wellness care, which has already benefited about 54 million Americans.”

Furthermore, although groups in opposition to health care reform believe the new law will cause undue burdens on individuals and small business, the AMA believes otherwise:

“The health reform law upheld by the Supreme Court simplifies administrative burdens, including streamlining insurance claims, so physicians and their staff can spend more time with patients and less time on paperwork. It protects those in the Medicare ‘donut hole,’ including the 5.1 million Medicare patients who saved significantly on prescription drugs in 2010 and 2011. These important changes have been made while maintaining our American system with both private and public insurers.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an organization that which represents 60,000 pediatricians, also supports the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold health care reform. As AAP President Robert W. Block, MD, FAAP, states in a press release:

“Today, the Supreme Court upheld a law that invests in children’s health from the ground up. The Academy endorsed the Affordable Care Act because it addresses the same ‘A-B-C’ goals that are entrenched in our mission and in our 82 years of child health advocacy: providing all children in this country with Access to health care services, age-appropriate Benefits to meet their unique needs, and high-quality, affordable health care Coverage.”

Furthermore, the AAP believes that health care reform will help keep children healthy:

“Pediatricians have already seen firsthand that health reform works. Since the Affordable Care Act took effect, millions of children with pre-existing conditions gained health care coverage; 14 million children with private insurance received preventive health services with no co-pay; and 3.1 million more young adults gained coverage through their parents’ plans. These are just a few of the law’s investments in child health, with many more set to take effect over the next few years as affirmed by today’s decision.”

What do you think about the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the health care reform law?

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15 Responses to “Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform, Responses Mixed”

  1. Ginger Meyer

    who are they kidding? Not me! Now it is going to be even harder for my husband to find a decent job much less a job that provides healthcare that is affordable. Who in the heck are you kidding, Obama? thank you very much for absolutely nothing.

  2. Phyllis Jackson Boyse

    I am totally against this ruling. The government can't even take care of what they already have to do, and this ruling will put us trillions of dollars more in debt. We should be allowed to have some say as to what we buy or not. The only people that are going to benefit from this ruling are the illegals. Obummer has already said they could stay – free and clear – but we still have to pay for their FREE medical help and their welfare. The get free everything because they have falsified documentation so they can cheat our government. As soon as all illegals and our "illegal" president are run out of this country we wil be better off.

  3. Leppi Lynn

    I'm mixed on this…but everyone especially children deserve to have health care. Period. If they can find a way to lower the cost of it for employers then that would be great.

  4. Raina Morgan

    This is about affordable healthcare not free health care. As a busines owner from Massachusetts, this has worked well for us and my employees. And as a person with a pre-exisitng condition and a husband who is a veteran with a pre-existing condition, this is good news. People really need to understand what this is all about. I know it's complicated, but try to understand the big picture before you put it down. thank you president obama for caring enough to try to change what was not working for most working class people.

  5. Tony Zsigray

    Today's decision once more shows what a liar our president is. As Mitch McConnel so aptly put it; " Our president said this bill would lower medical costs." "He lied, as insurance costs are skyrocketing as a result." "Our president also promised that '…everyone can keep their same doctors and/or insurance plans' He lied!"
    "Our president chastised and contradicted George Stephanopolus when Stephanopolus tried to point out that Obamacare would be in essence funded by taxes. "He Lied" (Today's decision has resulted in the highest tax increase ever, in the entire world!) And, lastly when Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio was the last to sign onto the healthcare bill, Obama reassured the people in an executive order that "NO taxpayers' dollars would go towards abortion." Just ask the churches about this one. Well, HE LIED! How many more lies does it take before Americans wake up and vote the bums out!

  6. Emily Dozier

    Please God, make him go away before he completely destroys America. Obama just says whatever anyone wants to hear. Someone has to pay for all of his give-a-ways. Now, see if I got this right. Everyone has to have insurance or pay a penalty. If they can't afford insurance & can't pay the penalty, then WHAT? Oh, I know. We'll build more prisons. Sure glad my husband is a guard. He will have job security. Yea! Obama, just because we're unfortunate enough to have you as president, doesn't mean you're right.

  7. Emily Dozier

    Children deserve to be brought into this world by responsible adults. Unfortunately, this is not always so. Don't have children you can't support! There's no excuse, since birth control is readily available & most people over the age of 10 know what makes babies.

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  9. Jodi Ansley

    From what I understand, the IRS is going to start taking our tax refunds, if we can't afford health insurance. WTH!! Obama, if we can't afford health insurance, WE CAN'T AFFORD IT!!!!

  10. Raina Morgan

    The IRS is not going to take your tax refunds. The penalty in Massachusetts is about $200 for the year for not having insurance. That $200 or so goes towards health care. People who can afford insurance and don't buy it get sick too and when they go into emergency rooms it raises the rates for the rest of us. This ensures personal responsibility. and it has been working in Massachusetts. 98 % of us are insured and buying into the exchange has given my employees lots of options to choose from and the rates have been kept down and very affordable. There is a lot more good things too, but I can't go into it all. Please check it out before you knock it down.

  11. Raina Morgan

    Ginger, just the opposite has happened in Massachusetts where we have had the affordable healthcare for about 5 years now. Please look into this more. I am a business owner and this has helped me and my employees buy into an exchange that offers an array of plans of all sizes and prices. It has made it easier for me as a business owner to help my employees. 98% of our state is insurance and the rates have stayed the same and not gone up. This is a good thing that is happening. Don't be afraid of it. You and your husband need to be more informed about it.

  12. Donna Chandler

    First and foremost any law that is 240+ pages is an insult to the american way of life. Have you read this document? It requires just another tier of governement and then government to oversee it. Not to mention how to govern this document. I mean realy how do you read this document and know it cover to cover. I use to have to administer several contracts that were maybe 10 pages a piece. The insurance business is already one of the highest regulated businesses by the state and now the government wants there piece too. I think it is just another way for the government to have another database on all of us to further socialize this country. It needs to be abolished totally.