(Closed) SCOTUS: Obama's Healthcare Reform constitutional (almost) in its entirety.

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

SCOTUS found the individual mandate constitutional under the taxation clause, but not the commerce clause ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Scotusblog is doing a pretty good job of putting things into plain English. Here are the opinions themselves:

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-393c3a2.pdf

 

 

From scotus blog:

In Plain English: The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional. 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

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

**Does happy dance**

I live in MA, where a similar law has been in effect (thanks, Romney!) for awhile now. My husband was unemployed for about a year before finding a great job. We weren’t married at the time.  Because of the state law, he was able to get free, high-quality healthcare, including an urgent (but not emergency) surgery. He never would have been able to do that otherwise. Neither of us ever thought that we would end up needing to use that kind of program, but it was a lifesaver.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

http://www.scotusblog.com – They’re very helpful in breaking things down into plain English!

Yay no more preexisting condition bullshit! And I have to say, I’m slightly in shock that Roberts was the deciding vote!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

This is amazing. For someone who went two years without health insurance and then was denied company insurance for another year after I got full time employment because of a pre-exsisting condition… wow. That’s all I can say. WOW! And, yay!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think its good news, although the healthcare bill could have been a lot better.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

@LizLemon:  No problem. If you follow that link, the first several pages are the syllabus, which is a plain language summary of the actual opinions. It’s fairly readable and does a good job of capturing the essentials.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Woot!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@TwoCityBride:  Agreed…but it’s still SO much better than the status quo, IMO.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

The only concern I have with this ruling is that if it means that the taxation powers allow congress to penalize us for not buying a certain product, does that not open up the option to tax us for not buying pretty much anything? Thats a real question, not something rhetorical by the way so please feel free to educate me on this! 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

   I’m kind of confused about it. So bascially if you don’t have health care you will be forced to get it or be fined? And do all of our taxes go up? Ow my head hurts lol. Someone please explain!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

So did the vote go through?!

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