Court upholds heart of Obama health law

2012-06-28 18:00

Washington - The US Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, handing him a huge election-year political victory.

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

The decision, written by chief justice John Roberts, sided with Obama on the centrepiece of the law which requires all Americans to have health insurance or face a federal fine. The court's judgment allows the law to go forward with its aim of covering more than 30 million uninsured Americans.

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

Republicans, with an eye on the November presidential election, were quick to respond.

"Today's Supreme Court decision sets the stakes for the November election. Now, the only way to save the country from ObamaCare's budget-busting government takeover of health care is to elect a new president," party chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.

  • kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-06-28 19:03

    Modern Democracy is promising the earth to gullible voters. The way to save Democracy is to raise the voting age to 30.

      sam.goldberg.988 - 2012-06-28 20:05

      Maybe they should stop people over 40 voting, Kathleen, to avoid senility coming into the equation.

  • Peter - 2012-06-28 21:54

    Long live America the nanny state. I hope the media starts reporting on the showdown between the Obama administration and the catholic bishops.

      sterling.ferguson.5 - 2012-06-29 00:16

      In the US if one becomes ill and has to go off payroll, one can lose all of ones health care coverage. In the US most working people do not have health care coverage and when they get sick or somebody in their family get sick, these people have to go to the emergency room for treatment. The treatment in the emergency room at the hospital is very expensive and is paid for by medicaid. Many poor states see their states losing control over the medicaid funds with this new health care bill and this is why they are against it. The Republican don't like this bill because it will give Obama credit for this bill and not them, the same way the ANC is against anything the DA is supporting. This health care bill is not about cost like the Republicans are talking about because they blew two trillion dollars in those wars in the middle east.

  • dane.herbst.5 - 2012-06-29 09:40

    obama care will fail america badly.....Ron Paul people, thats the bloke who should be in office from 2012....

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