Poll: Should the Supreme Court Overturn Obama's Health Care Law?

Court appears poised to reject key provisions, if not the entire package.

If the Supreme Court finds that the individual insurance requirement in President Obama's health care law is unconstitutional — as it appears to be leaning — then the court may throw out the entire 2,700-page law, The Huffington Post reported on Wednesday.

During the last of three days of arguments, the conservative majority of justices seems to have concluded that the central provision of the law — that Americans must buy health insurance or face a penalty — cannot be upheld, according to The Huffington Post.

The question then becomes whether or not the hundreds of other provisions in the law could be separated out, or whether the entire legislation should be sent back to Congress to start over.

If the law is struck down, certain provisions already in effect — such as coverage for young adults up to age 26 — would also fall. Other provisions yet to be implemented — such as an expansion of Medicaid set to begin in 2014 — would not go into effect unless Congress rewrites and passes new legislation.

Do you think the Supreme Court should overturn the entire law, or should it consider individual parts of the plan? Add your thoughts in the comments.

Maria Giannuzzi March 31, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Malvi, both your parents and you had health insurance, your parents under a government-mandated program, Medicare, which is subsidized by taxpayers. If you or your parents had not had health insurance to cover most of the costs, would the hospital have accepted $10 a month toward your huge bills? Please do not generalize from your fortunate position. You need to consider those who do not have Medicare or cannot afford high insurance premiums. As my mother mentioned to me this afternoon, decades ago, when someone needed medical care and didn't have the money to pay for it, they died. P.S. I am very happy your husband received such good treatment and hope he continues to do well.
Maria Giannuzzi March 31, 2012 at 06:25 PM
CG, I'm afraid we are doomed. When health insurers and pharmaceutical companies are allowed to make huge profits as well as give millions to political candidates and more millions to lobby state legislatures and the U.S. Congress, medical costs will continue to skyrocket. When factory farms and food manufacturers are allowed to produce unhealthy foods causing diabetes and heart disease, medical costs will continue to skyrocket.
Art April 03, 2012 at 04:20 AM
It is interesting to see how our nation is divided over major issues such us health care law. Interesting arguments on both sides, and both sides have some righteous points. But it is unfortunate to see this issue made entirely political. People's lives depend on this law. I don't know if this law is constitutional or not, it can be and being argued now. We all know that health care costs keep rising, and if nothing is done to solve this complex issue, our government, as well as we all as a nation will go broke. Now, for those who oppose this law solely from the constitutionality point, I have a question. Would you fell better if government throws away this " Obamacare" and raises Medicare taxes from 6.2 to 16.2, or maybe 26.2? It will be constitutional, won't be? Government will cover then it's Medicare costs, insurance companies will continue to rip off people with pre-existing conditions, and who cares if thousands of people die while can not afford neither health insurance, nor medical costs directly. Where is the human factor here? Bottom line, it is the hard working middle class worker who had and will continue suffering. They're the ones who worked hard to make a living and couldn't afford high cost health insurance. To me, opposing this law is entirely political, and it is against Obama and his administration.
Art April 03, 2012 at 04:24 AM
We are blaming government for too much intervention, then complaining for financial crisis, blaming for too much spending, and complaining for too little receiving. Afterall, we depend on our government in many ways, our security, financial stability, etc. Instead of insisting on government spending cuts, I think, we should demand it's effectiveness, and chose representatives who will really represent us, and not a special interests. I've gone political too...this is my two cents.
Maria Giannuzzi April 03, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Art and others who may be interested, I currently am at work on a post for my blog "History Lessons" (Windsor Locks-East Windsor Patch) concerning a very effective federal program directed at improving children's health that was begun in 1922 and ended in 1929. The politics of this children's health program at the state and federal levels has interesting parallels in today's efforts to overturn the Affordable Care Act. This beneficial children's health program was ended for reasons that had nothing to do with the health of children. It was ended because of fear, ignorance and greed. The post should be online in about two weeks.


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