Poll: Was Supreme Court Obamacare Ruling Right?
The highest court of the land upholds the Affordable Care Act. What do you think about that?
In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Thursday the controversial health care law trumpeted by President Barack Obama.
The Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, will impact many Americans, and the upcoming November election.
According to CNN, the Supreme Court decided that the individual mandate that requires people to have minimal and essential health insurance is valid as a tax, though it is not permitted under the Constitution's commerce clause.
In the majority opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts said:
"People, for reasons of their own, often fail to do things that would be good for them or good for society. Those failures — joined with the similar failures of others — can readily have a substantial effect on interstate commerce. Under the government’s logic, that authorizes Congress to use its commerce power to compel citizens to act as the government would have them act."
Roberts was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Gingsberg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan as upholding the law.
In the disenting opinion, Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas said:
"The values that should have determined our course today are caution, minimalism, and the understanding that the federal government is one of limited powers. But the court’s ruling undermines those values at every turn. In the name of restraint, it overreaches. In the name of constitutional avoidance, it creates new constitutional questions. In the name of cooperative federalism, it undermines state sovereignty."
So, what do you think? Did the Supreme Court get it right? Should Obamacare have been upheld? Let us know in the poll and the comment section below.