Court upholds individual mandate in health care law

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The individual mandate survives.

The Supreme Court has upheld the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul -- ruling in favor of the requirement that most Americans can be required to have health insurance, or else pay a penalty.

The decision means the historic overhaul will continue to take effect over the next several years, affecting the way countless Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care.

The ruling also hands President Barack Obama a campaign-season victory.

The court found problems with the law's expansion of Medicaid. But even there, it said the expansion could proceed as long as the federal government does not threaten to withhold the entire Medicaid allotment to states if they don't take part in the extension.

The court's four liberal justices, Stephen Bryer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, joined Roberts in the outcome.

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  • by Constitution on Jun 30, 2012 at 08:20 PM
    Obamacare and all the increasing government over the past 60 years is EXACTLY why the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution. The 2nd Amendment was included so we could protect ourselves from the government. The time for protecting ourselves from the government is just around the corner. Unless you are a liberal socialist you should be buying guns and ammo to protect ourselves from the liberal socialists in the near future. You have doubts? Read some of the posts below. Especially from one flaming liberal socialists who post as "D". People like him is one reason I carry. He would impose his narrow little world on me in a heart beat.
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      by Disgusted on Jul 1, 2012 at 01:03 AM in reply to Constitution
      Constitution, they know what is best for you. Resistance is futile. Prepare to be assemulated.
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      by D on Jul 17, 2012 at 07:22 PM in reply to Constitution
      Wanna hug?
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      by Disgusted on Jul 22, 2012 at 08:43 PM in reply to Constitution
      Nope. Just the freedom and liberty that is granted by the Constitution and The Bill of Rights will be just fine, thanks. I do not want to be forced to purchase a substandard product at gunpoint by a leviathan invested in eugenics.
  • by The End is Near on Jun 30, 2012 at 08:14 PM
    WE ARE SO SCREWED! Sadly I read the bill. If anyone actually reads the bill and still doesn't think we are screwed then they either can't read, they are stupid or they are socialists. It really is that simple.
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      by Disgusted on Jul 2, 2012 at 08:20 AM in reply to The End is Near
      C'mon, it's not that bad. If you would just learn the jargon you would come to love and embrace the serfdom that Obummercare promises. You didn't need that money anyhow............we need to let those who are soooooooooo much smarter than everyone else run our lives for us.
  • by freeebeee on Jun 30, 2012 at 04:56 PM
    You couldn't prove that Colorado has required free preventative care for years, could you D? That's because they haven't. Go to this link http://www.colorado.gov/HealthReform Click on A road map for CO and go to page 38. Must provide preventive services without cost-sharing. (9/23/10) So, no CO hadn't done it for years and yes Obamacare required it. Do your own homework next time ;(
  • by freeebeee on Jun 29, 2012 at 03:08 PM
    I've already "enjoyed" a free preventative care appt, free mamogram,free preventative for my kids and husband. All free free free. Isn't that great, and I could even afford to pay for it in total or at the very least a co-pay but no...it was all free. Isn't this free stuff terrific?
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      by D on Jun 29, 2012 at 08:40 PM in reply to freeebeee
      Preventive care should not have any barrier because it costs less for everyone involved to early diagnose the problem than to treat it. Also it gets people in the habit of taking care of their bodies. Preventive care was already included without deductible in every insurance plan in Colorado. If you're so upset about not being charged then donate to charity.
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        by Disgusted on Jun 29, 2012 at 10:55 PM in reply to D
        "Does not apply to deductible" doesn't mean the same thing as "without deductible" Better read the fine print. And please, pay your co-pay on the way out, thanks so much!
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          by D on Jun 29, 2012 at 11:14 PM in reply to Disgusted
          Preventive care is included with your policy. No out of pocket expense. Nada. That's how it is in Colorado and with obamacare it's going to be everywhere else in states. How does it feel to lie non-stop? Reality is not what you want it to be.
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          by Disgusted on Jun 30, 2012 at 12:09 AM in reply to Disgusted
          So who is paying for it? Is the preventative care fairy leaving preventative care under our pillows at night? Are the members of the local Healthcare/Marxism complex giving out preventative visits gratis? Or is it being stolen from the taxpayers?
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          by D on Jun 30, 2012 at 07:23 AM in reply to Disgusted
          It is paid by insurance policy and it is cheaper for them than paying for treatment of runaway problem. Same as most car insurances will pay for fixing the windshield crack before you ram somebody because of it.
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          by Disgusted on Jun 30, 2012 at 07:52 AM in reply to Disgusted
          C'mon D, your almost there, I can see the gears meshing.....keep trying.......how does the insurance policy have the funds to pay for preventative care? If you can't figure it out, refer to a junior high economics primer, it might be helpful.
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          by D on Jun 30, 2012 at 10:12 AM in reply to Disgusted
          Once again here's insurance 101 for you: The policy is funded by the premiums and premiums are proportional to the risks. Offering preventive care at no additional cost lowers the risks of serious (costly) illness and thus offers the opportunity for lower premiums. In its current Colorado implementation this doesn't rely on taxpayer money, pure capitalism.
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          by Disgusted on Jul 2, 2012 at 08:05 AM in reply to Disgusted
          It is cute the way you dance around the question, using jargon to avoid the harsh reality: Working folks, those who are lucky enough to have a job after the democrats trashed the economy that is, are the people who pay the premiums. It comes directly out of their pockets and is money that could be better spent elsewhere. That is real life 101 and I despise the little arrogant goose-stepping jerks who think they know my budget better than I do. In my opinion they are no better than the common street thug who robs a convenience store. It seems to me the common street thug actually has more honor and valour as the thief at least admits he is a thief.
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      by freeebeee on Jun 30, 2012 at 05:15 AM in reply to freeebeee
      Last year was the first year I paid nothing. It wasn't the state of Colorado, it was Obamacare that initiated the free preventitive care. I do donoate to charity, but I don't like taking "free" care. I am an independet person,I don't want nor need charity. Furthermore I'm not a child that needs to be told to have a checkup or to take care of myself. Digusted is right, WHO is paying for it D? Don't you get it, someone is being forced to pay for my well care although I can afford it. It is insanity.
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        by D on Jun 30, 2012 at 07:36 AM in reply to freeebeee
        Preventive care was included in all Colorado issued policies years before Obamacare was even on the map. Reality is a b!tch. You're not told to take get a checkup but for those of us who's responsible this makes it an easy decision regardless of income. See above on who's paying.
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          by Disgusted on Jun 30, 2012 at 07:54 AM in reply to D
          There is one problem with your scenario. The beloved policy you speak of is not a living, breathing thing, therefore it has no way to earn money. It has to be funded. Who funds the insurance policy? See above, you almost got it.
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          by D on Jun 30, 2012 at 10:09 AM in reply to D
          Ok, here's insurance 101 for you: The policy is funded by the premiums and premiums are proportional to the risks. Offering preventive care at no additional cost lowers the risks of serious (costly) illness and thus offers the opportunity for lower premiums. Are you going to dispute this, continue demagogy or ask me for references and statistics again?
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          by freeebeee on Jun 30, 2012 at 11:48 AM in reply to D
          You are WRONG! I paid in full for preventative care checkups until last year, in Colorado, with my HSA high deductable insurance. Medicaid may have been paying for your checkups prior to that, I'm unsure how that program works. I am also suprised that you seem unable to understand my need for independence and ability to know how to take care of my health without the federal government's interference. Yes, we are told to do all types of things by the government. Ever hear the do gooder ads by the Ad Council. Those are partially funded by the feds. Hear the ads for Obamacare, they tell us to get checkups, now don't they. All of it costs and we are paying for it. Disgusted, why did my premium go up this year by 25%, can you please tell me? :roll
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          by Disgusted on Jun 30, 2012 at 07:54 PM in reply to D
          Simple economics. Increased demand=decreased supply=scarcity=a rising price curve. In spite of what D would have us believe it isn't rocket surgery. The line about "the premiums being equal to the risk" is a lie that eugenicists tell themselves so they can look themselves in the mirror after denying people deserving of care, little children, sweet little old ladies, average people who smoke, etc. If that scenario was true, then a bigger enrolment would result in lower costs, yet the exact opposite has and will continue to happen. The variable that D conveniently leaves out is a bunch of folks have their paws in the till so the larger the enrollment the greater the opportunity for fraud. It is not a system designed to provide quality care, but much more akin to a Vegas casino where the profit is in how much "vig" can be skimmed without drawing attention. Thanks for asking.
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        by D on Jun 30, 2012 at 02:00 PM in reply to freeebeee
        You didn't do your homework. I also have HSA and qualifying insurance plan and preventive care was included years before Obamacare because of Colorado requirement for all the plans. I got your point about not being told what to do... Whatever, man. Preventive care is not a mandate, it's a recommendation that responsible people should follow.
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          by freeebeee on Jun 30, 2012 at 03:27 PM in reply to D
          Prove that Colorado had free preventative care years ago. I want to see links otherwise, I'm fairly certain you don't know what you are talking about.
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          by D on Jun 30, 2012 at 09:02 PM in reply to D
          Google 10-16-104 (18)
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          by Disgusted on Jul 1, 2012 at 11:07 PM in reply to D
          Responsible people do not seek medical care from folks who desire to implement a eugenics program for granny, fatty, and yes, even ol smoky. To do so is the height of recklessness. Best bet is to drive to another area with medical professionals that understand what Hippocrates was really about.
  • by Obama Cares Location: GJ on Jun 29, 2012 at 08:08 AM
    The Security of Affordable Coverage - Benefits & Protections By the Numbers: $10.7 billion has been recovered by cracking down on waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare all while securing and protecting the benefits seniors have earned. 86 million Americans have benefited from free preventive services like mammograms for women or wellness visits for seniors. 17 million children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage. 12.8 million Americans will benefit from rebates because their insurance company spent too much of their premium dollars on administrative costs or CEO bonuses. 6.6 million young adults have the security of coverage until age 26. 5.3 million Americans on Medicare have saved an average of $600 on their prescription drugs. 70,000 Americans with pre-existing conditions now have the security of coverage.
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      by Rain Please? on Jun 29, 2012 at 08:23 AM in reply to Obama Cares
      Yes, and all this money is coming from things like cutting the retirement age for SS a few decades from now....and the moon is made of cheese...and there is a pot of gold under a rainbow over on a mountain near Colorado Springs....
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        by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 at 08:26 AM in reply to Rain Please?
        and this is based on one opinion.
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          by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 at 08:57 AM in reply to
          At least the states can opt out and avoid this fiscal.
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      by You Lie on Jun 29, 2012 at 09:00 AM in reply to Obama Cares
      And you forgot to mention all the massive tax increases, premium increases and the death panels that will soon be formed. Otherwise nice use of the dnc talking points from the email list from last night.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 at 09:57 AM in reply to You Lie
        There are no death panels. You lie.
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          by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 at 10:19 AM in reply to
          Well I know you socialist didnt bother reading the bill. Some of us did all 3200 pages of it. See TITLE IV–QUALITY: Subtitle A–Comparative Effectiveness Research. “Comparative Effectiveness Research” means that they will take the cost of your proposed treatment and divide that by the remaining years of your statistical life expectancy. If your per-year life cost exceeds the state-mandated threshhold, you won’t get the health care. Are you a military veteran over 59 who risked everything for your country? No heart by-pass surgery for you, you expensive old goat! Shall I continue?
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          by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 at 10:53 AM in reply to
          That's a lie.
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          by Jaded on Jun 29, 2012 at 11:41 AM in reply to
          Just because I'm not paranoid doesn't mean they're not after me...
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          by D on Jun 29, 2012 at 08:54 PM in reply to
          @Anonymous regarding A–Comparative Effectiveness: (1) "you won’t get the health care" is not the same as "you will have to pay for it yourself". Get off the entitlement train you conservatives like to criticize so much. (2) re. veterans - another lie, they are on the whole different coverage. Govt. pays for their everything. All the lies and fear mongering. You people are pathetic...
  • by Rain Please? Location: GJ on Jun 29, 2012 at 03:48 AM
    Maybe you should worry about the drought instead of the inevitable upcoming crash of the U.S. economy which will happen before the individual mandate takes place. I love this country but our downfall is arrogance. Go visit the Clifton Wal-Mart, buy a flag that was partially manufactured in China, and hang it out the window of your Chevrolet that was also partially manufactured in China, and drive up and down North Avenue singing the national anthem - while our sons and brothers are still spilling their blood in the sands of a foreign country, babysitting 1.6 Billion Muslims.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 at 08:01 AM in reply to Rain Please?
      and your point is?
  • by Central Grad on Jun 28, 2012 at 03:35 PM
    Vote out the Supreme Cort!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 at 08:00 AM in reply to Central Grad
      You mean Supreme Court (not Cort)? The Supreme Court is appointed by the President and confirmed by Congress. They are not "voted in". You need to go back to Central and take a government class.
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        by GJHS Grad on Jun 29, 2012 at 11:35 AM in reply to
        Gotcha!
  • by justice2 Location: gj on Jun 28, 2012 at 03:21 PM
    Roberts of the Supreme Court told the American citizen that you get what you vote for. Now vote in November and get rid of this president and the idiot Democratic Congress.
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      by Disgusted on Jun 28, 2012 at 11:02 PM in reply to justice2
      justice2, your comments are spot on. We shouldn't even be having this discussion. The only positive aspect of this is now we know who the democrats amd the Healthcare/Marxism complex really is. Perhaps they will wake up. I sure hope so.
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        by Guess who? on Jun 29, 2012 at 05:35 AM in reply to Disgusted
        Maybe you know who the marxists really are but that’s totally unclear to me. Are you talking about Obama and his cronies or are you talking about Romney and his GOP cronies? Obamacare or Romneycare? Obamacare mandate or Romneycare mandate? Or is a Marxist just a Marxist regardless of party affiliation? Which Marxist should we vote for? The little Marxist or the big Marxist? The only thing happening here are the parties arguing over who will get the credit for installing the nanny state. The issue is much the same as it is in comprehensive immigration reform. It’s not about saving America, it’s about who will rule over the ashes. Politics as usual.
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          by Disgusted on Jun 29, 2012 at 09:31 AM in reply to Guess who?
          No need to go to Washington to find Marxists, there are plenty of them here in happy valley.
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        by Disgusted on Jun 29, 2012 at 09:42 AM in reply to Disgusted
        Care to put your money where your mouth is? That is a bet I would take. Jimmah Carter has a better chance of being re-elected than this train wreck who can't even find a decent forgery of a birth certificate!
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          by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 at 09:58 AM in reply to Disgusted
          You need to get some help. Your brain is not functioning.
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          by Disgusted on Jun 29, 2012 at 10:08 AM in reply to Disgusted
          Hardly. I am not the one that is looking for a corrupt government to rescue a broken Healthcare/Marxism complex. Anon, you are the one that needs to get some help. It is not natural to desire servitude.
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      by Junior on Jun 29, 2012 at 06:25 AM in reply to justice2
      You mean Bush's conservative Chief Justice appointee?
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      by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 at 08:02 AM in reply to justice2
      President Obama will be re-elected. It wont even be close.
  • by TLC on Jun 28, 2012 at 02:42 PM
    Death panels coming soon to a hospital near you.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 28, 2012 at 02:57 PM in reply to TLC
      There are no death panels. That is a total lie. The Tea Party bizzarros are a tiny minority. They have no credability to normal people. The government is not the enemy, radical right wingers are.
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        by Disgusted on Jun 28, 2012 at 10:56 PM in reply to
        There is no question who is the enemy here, as if this bill was an honorable thing to due, the democrat cowards wouldn't have had to sneak it through under cover of darkness and holiday on Christmas Eve, 2009. We are all in the same boat. I am sorry that you have drank the kool aid and believe that Marxism is a good thing. Normal people do not enjoy the servitude of Stalinist Russia, Mao's China nor Mussolini's Italy. It is not right wingers that have no credibility, it is those who worship the tired old politics of the progressive past. Take a history lesson and best of luck to you.
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          by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 at 07:55 AM in reply to Disgusted
          You are a Republinut.
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          by Disgusted on Jun 29, 2012 at 09:35 AM in reply to Disgusted
          A Republinut? I would rather be called that than to be a drone while being marched to the ovens by an out of control Healthcare/Marxism complex all in the name of greed and corruption.
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          by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 at 10:09 AM in reply to Disgusted
          Here's a thought: Why don't you relocate to Nigeria?
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          by Disgusted on Jun 29, 2012 at 10:22 AM in reply to Disgusted
          Here's a thought: Why don't you find a handy dandy pocket copy of the Constitution and The Bill of Rights? I think you desire a government structure other than a Constitutional Republic so perhaps you are the one who needs to relocate.
  • by NOBAMA Location: GJ on Jun 28, 2012 at 12:43 PM
    Obamas "Read My Lips Moment". Only 4 more months of Obozo!
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      by D on Jun 29, 2012 at 08:57 PM in reply to NOBAMA
      Reagan parallels? Really? Don't you guys mindlessly worship him?
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        by Disgusted on Jul 1, 2012 at 11:00 PM in reply to D
        Oh oh, D is rewriting history once again.....It wasn't the gipper that said that. Better add a history primer to the economics primer.
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