Speak Out: What Do You Think of ‘Obamacare’?

Hundreds protest both sides Tuesday outside the Supreme Court.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday to protest for and against President Obama’s health care reform. The high court is hearing arguments for the second of the three-day hearing.

The case, according to the Washington Post, largely rests on the constitutionality of a provision that originated deep in Republican circles.

"As Americans we all deserve affordable health care," said Allan Jordan, of Piscataway, N.J., outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday. "Health care is too high, and not everyone has the funds to pay for it. That's not right."

The justices started zeroing in on whether Congress had the power to require most people in the U.S. to buy medical insurance, according to Reuters. The wire service also reported a ruling in the case is expected in late June before the Democratic and Republican party presidential nominating conventions.

The law requires people to obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty, according to Reuters. The challengers, including 26 of the 50 states and a small-business trade group, contend Congress exceeded its authority to regulate commerce with that so-called individual mandate.

"It's crazy to think that the government can make you have health insurance," said Bob Dickerson of Oklahoma. "I don't like the sound of that at all."

What do you think of "Obamacare"? Has Congress exceeded its authority? Was reform necessary? What type of reform do you support? Submit your comments below.

David Brown March 28, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Obama Care is actually worse than a Single Payer System (And I detest that concept). Why? Because at least a Single Payer System forces the politicians to make unpopular choices (Such as taxing and spending). Under Obama Care it forces middle class individuals to possibly sacrifice necessities (Such as food, gas and clothing) in order to pay for something they may not need.
JohnQ March 28, 2012 at 05:35 PM
OR it makes people responsible for their own health care and doesn't make you and me foot the bill from last-ditch emergency room visits of these people who "may not need it". You "may not need" car or home insurance, but when you wreck your car or torch your home who do you expect to pay for it? I guess we can all live in our little republican worlds where people trade animals and services to surgeons in exchange for services rendered. It's not that simple.
Leslie Ackerman March 28, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Something needs to be done but not this. So, who is coming with a feasible alternative? I am no Obamaphile, but not having access to healthcare is egregious, And no party is doing anything sensible on that; just talk.
Roger March 29, 2012 at 12:13 PM
This is a disaster in the making and will ruin the best healthcare system in the world. Think about it? They rammed through a 2700 page piece of legislation that nobody know what was in it. They cut political deals with politicians to get their vote. In the end it is going to cost far beyond what they ate projecting. It will bankrupt the nation and ruin our healthcare system. I did not mention all of the jobs that will be lost as businesses are forced to abide by the new Obama taxes.
Delbert G Williams June 28, 2012 at 06:13 PM
It sucks on so many levels it hurts.


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