POLL: Do You Agree With the Supreme Court's Decision to Uphold the Health Care Act?
The health care reform bill, signed into law in March 2010, has been under scrutiny by many–including 26 states that filed a lawsuit against it.
The most controversial clause of the Affordable Care Act has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, the court announced Thursday.
The group of bills aimed at overhauling the American health care system was signed into law by President Barack Obama in March 2010. Since then, 26 states filed suit against the act, stating that provisions in it required most uninsured Americans to purchase health insurance were unconstitutional.
According to the Washington Post, the Supreme Court agreed that the mandate itself is unconstitutional, but that it is within the rights of Congress to tax individuals for not having health care. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion.
The ruling also upheld a portion of the bill that asks states to expand their Medicaid coverage, but said that the federal government cannot without Medicaid funding for states that choose not to comply.
Congressman John Dingell, an ardent supporter of the act who represents Dearborn in the House of Representatives, applauded the ruling.
“We have a long-term effective solution to the health care crisis in this country," Dingell said in a statement. "And, now, I am proud to say that with the agreement of the Supreme Court, we can continue on with the business of making sure Americans have access to the best medicines, hospitals and medical professionals in the world.
"I know my father who started this fight is smiling from up above.”
Congresswoman Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, released a statement on her website after the Supreme Court ruling.
“We are a nation of laws and as such I respect today’s ruling by the Supreme Court that upheld Obamacare. Ultimately in our American democracy the people rule through their elected representatives and the people do not want this law. In two weeks the House of Representatives will vote to repeal Obamacare and I will once again support the wishes of my constituents and vote in favor of repealing this misguided law," Miller said.
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This story was updated at 12:30 p.m. Thursday to include a statement from Congresswoman Candice Miller.