Poll: Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law - What Do San Ramonians Think?

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Obama's health care law today. Roberts joined the majority.

The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's signature health care law, including the indiviual mandate, which requires adults to purchase health insurance.

The court ruled 5-4 in favor of upholding the law. The court ruled that the individual mandate law is constitutional not under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, but under Congress' powers of taxation.

The liberal bloc of the court — Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Ruth Baider Guinsberg, Stephen Breyer — was joined with the more conservative Chief Justice John Roberts in the majority.

What do you think of today's ruling? Take our poll and tell us in the comments. 

Patrick Creaven June 28, 2012 at 07:17 PM
From Eric Swalwell, who is running for Congress in the 15th Congressional District: “I am very pleased that the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Health Care Act and that implementation can proceed as planned. The increased access to health care and guarantee of health insurance and Medicare are a huge victory for all Americans – let’s face it, we’ll all be a patient one day and will need health care. If elected to Congress, I will fight any attempt at repeal. The next step: working on bringing down the costs of health care.”
David Hagebush June 29, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Although I comprehend and agree with the ideals of this act, I find it offensive from several standpoints. First, I find it offensive the way this legislation was passed in the night by a run-away congress. We've got to pass it to know what's in it is a travesty. Second, how the legislation obliterates constitutional law precedent in requiring people to pay for healthcare. Third, there is NO WAY to pay for this legislation. It will greatly dilute the payment for people on Medicare ($500 B gone), it will raise all of our rates and we will still be in debt with NO WAY of paying for it. The burden on the tax payers, workers and future workers make this a DISASTER. I agree that we need to provide some way of covering the expenses so hospitals don't fold, but we've, via legislation also hogtied the hospitals by; requiring that they serve all peoples even if they can't pay, not allowed them to report illegal aliens, and we've cut their payments (starting with TEFRA in the 80's and on into DRG's 10th revision) dramatically. All of these conditions were caused by Regulations and Reimbursements dictated by the GOVERNMENT. So, why do we think that covering everyone with another wasteful, bureaucratic, inflexible, and tyrannical governmental body is going to fix anything. This is a disaster in the making and you all will have no one to blame but yourselves for electing irresponsible people who know nothing of how to run a business or balance a budget.
David Hagebush June 29, 2012 at 11:31 PM
How is Mr. Swalwell any different from his predecessor? On this issue they clearly agree.
JLG June 30, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I'm happy that this passed and is now the law of the land, but I feel that more needs to be done to control costs. Most of us are still one major disease or accident away from bankruptcy.
JLG June 30, 2012 at 04:44 PM
The reason we think that covering everyone is the right thing to do is because basic health care, especially life-and-death emergency services, are a fundamental right (right up there with Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness). That's why Reagan instituted the no-turn-away policy in the first place.


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