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Speak Out: Healthcare Mandate Upheld

Anyone who does not have it by 2014 will pay a penalty on their 2015 taxes.

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the healthcare mandate requiring most people to have health insurance by 2014, CBS reports.

The upheld provisions include the individual mandate a provision allowing children to stay on their parents' healthcare until they're 26.

A contributor to the Supreme Court liveblog wrote, "The bottom line: the entire ACA is upheld, with the exception that the federal government's power to terminate states' Medicaid funds is narrowly read."

Who voted for what:

Pro: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and swing-vote Chief Justice John Roberts.

Dissent: Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas and Alito.

See this link to read the full opinion.

Do you agree with the Supreme Court's ruling? How do you think the ruling will impact residents of Canton-Sixes? Tell us in the comments below.

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Jim Beam July 02, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Frank, you're a misinformed idealist and I wish you and your ilk would get your hands of my pocketbook - I'm tired of having to subsidize your numerous failed liberal ideologies that aren't remotely outlined in the Constitution. Take your ObamaCare and shove it into the failed hellhole that Great Society ended up. Fact: Nearly HALF of Americans aren't paying income tax. http://blog.heritage.org/2012/02/19/chart-of-the-week-nearly-half-of-all-americans-dont-pay-income-taxes/ http://nation.foxnews.com/taxes/2012/02/22/percentage-americans-who-pay-no-income-tax-hits-495 http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/why-do-half-of-all-americans-pay-no-federal-income-taxes/2011/07/11/gIQA8olBuI_blog.html Of course, the real truth is that you and your liberal buddies love keeping millions of Americans in poverty so that they'll keep voting more tax&spend Democrats into power...who'll continue to pass legislation that keeps the poor in poverty. And the loser cycle keeps repeating while you libs wring your hands and beg for increased taxation to throw at another silly non-solution to the problem.
Frank Jones July 03, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Steely, I am better informed than you as I understand the demographics of those that pay taxes, those that pay employment taxes and who don't. Unfortunately, you are getting all of your information from Fox and other biased conservative organizations and blogs. The fact of the matter is that the great society has been a success, that taxes ARE at the lowest burden in over 60 years, that Obamacare is Romneycare. Lastly, the only"problem"with Obamacare is the mandate which is to punish those who don't want to carry insurance and who in turn are more likely than not to not pay their bill and force us to pay it for them. This has nothing to do with keeping the poor poor or taxing the wealthy. It's about improving access to healthcare, improving the health of the population, which will/can then save money going forward. As to you calling 50% of the population LEECHES, my reply shows you are flat wrong in referring to most of them as LEECHES. You're disgusting!
Jim Beam July 03, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Frank, your reply is liberal claptrap, as is your desire to get the 50% paying income tax to help subsidize your failed liberal ideas. You are not better informed. You are just heavily indoctrinated into the belief system that Govt Is Great. RomneyCare sucks, so I'm not sure why you're hanging your hat on that. Every single thing the gummint touches turns to crap. Great Society did nothing but keep millions of poor people poor. Figures you'd think the failed idea of mass housing complexes a successful one, given all evidence to the contrary. LBJ sucked and so does Obama.
Frank Jones July 04, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Steely, once again, you show your stupidity and bias. There will always be wealthy. There will always be poor. There may or may not be a middle class. Under the policies of the early to mid 1900's, the middle class grew exponentially. Under the policies expoused by Reagan, the Bushes, and now the current Republicans, the middle class is shrinking and without a strong, vibrant, and financially secure middle class, our country is destined to suffer and decline. You claim govt does nothing right and is crap. To follow your logic, the military it's crap, so is the FBI, SEC, EPA, FDA, DOT, NASA, CIA...shall I continue? Why don't you just admit that you erred when you claimed that 50% of Americans, which include retirees, some teachers, firefighters, police, hard-working low-paid people are LEECHES? The modern Republican party is the of money and contempt for the have nots.
Jim Beam July 04, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Frank, your liberal mindset blinds you to the disastrous effects that unions have had on the private sector during the period of time you cite. But you're a left-winger who thinks he's entitled to the earned wealth of others. You don't care about personal property nor individual liberty but, apparently after several bong hits, have arrived at the utopian conclusion that the American taxpayer must subsidize your failed liberal ideals. What happens when the American taxpayer is tapped out from funding your 'social responsibility'? Are your liberal gov't thugs going to start seizing more personal property to finance the un-affordable? How'd the FBI & CIA fare in preventing 9/11? Shall we review the massive waste that doomed NASA? Ever waited in a DOT line in downtown ATL? The tens-of-thousands-of-pages of our tax code, thanks to your heroes at the IRS? The military's about the only govt'-funded group worth a crap. And that's mainly because they've got military people running the show behind the scenes rather than a bunch of foolish, tax&spend liberals. The modern Republican party certainly needs reform but the modern Democrat party is hopelessly broken and too tied to unions and fools for any hope of it becoming a viable option for America. Obama is the biggest, egotistical scumbag president in American history. He's so bad he manages to make Romney palatable. You and your ideas are both dangerous and delusional, Frank.


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