U.S. Supreme Court OKs health care law

Claire McAndrew of Washington, left, and Donny Kirsch of Washington, celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2012, after the courts’s ruling on health care. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

On June 28, the Supreme Court recognized the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was passed by Congress in 2010.

In the opening of his address President Barack Obama made it clear that he wanted to put politics aside towards this topic.

“Whatever the politics, today’s decision was a victory for people all over this country, whose lives will be more secure because of this law, and the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold it,” Obama said.

Speculation exists between the republican and democratic parties as to whether this act goes against traditional American values.

According to a poll conducted by USA Today, 44 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the health care plan, 37 percent have a favorable view, and 19 percent voted other.

The Supreme Court decided that the law would fall under Congress’ taxing abilities allowed by the Constitution.

“The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare on the basis that it was a tax increase, something the president and Democrats have adamantly denied,” said Idaho Sen. John Risch in a public statement.

The act will result in a tax increase for U.S. citizens.

The act will also penalize people who do not buy insurance and companies who do not offer it.

“The problem for the American people is this is a massive tax increase at a time they can least afford it and Obamacare will jeopardize the quality and accessibility of health care,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina.

The new act will create changes for uninsured people and how they receive their health care.

For already insured people, the changes may be minimal.

For people who are already insured, the health care plan will stop insurance companies from canceling their insurance when a user gets sick.

The law also forces insurance companies to pay for necessary preventative measures so they can catch problems early.

These measures would include mammograms and colonoscopies.

“They can no longer discriminate against children with pre-existing conditions. They can no longer drop your coverage if you get sick. They can no longer jack up your premiums without reason,” Obama said in his address to the people.

The health care plan allows young adults under the age of 26 to stay on their parent’s health care plan, instead of having to purchase their own.

For people who are currently uninsured, this law will offer different private health care plans for them to choose from.
Individual states also have the power to come up with some of their own options, if they are better than the ones offered by law.

“Once states set up these health insurance marketplaces, known as exchanges, insurance companies won’t be able to charge you more just because you’re a woman. They won’t be able to bill you into bankruptcy. If you’re sick, you’ll finally have the same chance to get quality, affordable health care as everyone else,” Obama said in his address to the people.

For people who can’t afford insurance or have a small business that wants to provide affordable insurance to employees, they will be able to get tax credits that make coverage more affordable.

In Idaho, about 19 percent of the state is uninsured.

Idaho has not implemented health insurance exchanges over objections from insurers including Blue Cross of Idaho.

The Idaho Legislature declined to accept federal grants for the project and also for putting together a scaled-down, state-funded version while awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision.

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