Voters should form educated opinions

On March 23, 2010, Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. When this law was originally passed, many Americans, various businesses and over half the states in the nation challenged its constitutionality. Americans have had a nearly 50-50 split of opinion on the issue since it passed Congress over two years ago. HUNTER PARAMORE | Scroll Illustration

On June 28, the Supreme Court ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause, but was justifiable as a tax.

Thus, the mandate was upheld, making Chief Justice Roberts both a hero and a traitor in the eyes of a politically rifted nation.

Though the Supreme Court never endorsed the idea of Obamacare as a good law, their decision to uphold could be a strong factor in influencing how America votes.

But then again, maybe not.

Shortly after the ruling, the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a survey about the Affordable Care Act showing that 41 percent of the nation wasn’t even aware of a Supreme Court ruling.

This one-third margin of voters could be the ones to determine the outcome of the presidential race this fall. The drastic controversy on the issue of health care reform has turned America into a “swing nation.”

Current polls indicate a 50-50 split among voters, despite many people’s ignorance to the implications of the ruling. A CNN poll reports 50 percent are in favor of the Supreme Court’s decision, while 49 percent are against.

This is a reform that will tackle such issues as affordable health care for all, children up to age 26 being covered on their parent’s plan, coverage for pre-existing conditions, and insurance companies inability to terminate coverage. Can voters turn a blind eye?

No. This is a policy that will affect each one of the 313 million Americans.

With election day only months away and public opinion so starkly split in regards to the Affordable Care Act, the nation can’t afford any fence-sitters.

Though President Obama has expressed his wish to keep politics out of the Affordable Care Act, the division is clear between those who endorse Obama and those who side with Romney.

With such a large number of people who still remain “undecided” on the issue, it’s time to step up and become educated.

Educate yourselves, America, and make a choice.

Each voter must dedicate the time to become informed on the issue of health care, along with other policies held by each presidential candidate.

Voters must form opinions on these topics that will influence their lives greatly in the immediate future, and could affect their taxes for years to come.

Simply having a knowledge that the Supreme Court has ruled Obamacare as constitutional will not stand come election day.

We cannot rely on a superficial and surface-level standing to influence the polls in such a way that will produce a stronger, more secure government.

2 Responses

  1. I agree with this idea. It’s really annoying to hear negative comments, or positive ones for that matter, about a law that are just regurgitated from somewhere else. When I read a story I find interesting I make sure to look into the background information so I can be sure if what was presented in the piece is accurate or not. Great article by the way.

  2. Josh Arnett says:

    Well-said. The reason I decline to comment on political issues is because most of the time, I don’t know enough about the subject to form a worthwhile opinion. I feel like there are a lot of people who let an R or D after a name influence their opinion more than actual facts and values. We need to realize that despite party differences, there is a lot of middle ground to be found if we take the time to look for it. Unfortunately, most would rather focus on differences an outrage than form an informed opinion.

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