Well, it is official:
The United States Supreme Court has rendered its ruling on President Obama’s healthcare package.
The Court left standing the basic provisions of the health care overhaul, ruling that the government may use its taxation powers to push people to buy health insurance. The narrowly delineated decision was a victory for President Obama and Congressional Democrats, with a 5-to-4 majority, including the conservative chief justice, John G. Roberts Jr. This may not even approach the type of healthcare that exists in say, Norway, it is by far not a complete overhaul of the U.S. healthcare situation, but, it is a win for the citizens of the United States of America, as it is at least a beginning of creating healthcare that cares for this nation’s citizens.
And no sooner said than done, reactions were swift on this proposed healthcare:
For more on the Affordable Health Care Act, the following information is provided:
INCREASING ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE CARE:
The Affordable Care Act Becomes Law
March 23, 2010
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act. The law puts in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that will roll out over four years and beyond, with most changes taking place by 2014. Others have already begun. Use this timeline to learn about what’s changing and when.
Changes to note:
- 50% discount for name-brand drugs in the Medicare “donut hole”
- Expanded coverage for young adults
- Small business tax credits
- Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans
To access the Court’s ruling, click here.
Major points of interests in the Court’s ruling:
By ADAM LIPTAK
In a striking victory for President Obama and Congressional Democrats, the chief justice, John G. Roberts Jr., affirmed the central legislative pillar of Mr. Obama’s term.
So, readers, since the court’s decision was not unanimous, what are your thoughts on the Supreme Court’s ruling? What are your thoughts on Justice Thomas’ dissention? Finally, what are your views on President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act, now that it is constitutional law?