Thursday, June 28, 2012
Do you think President Obama's re-election efforts have been helped by court's ruling?
Much of Maryland is split on Thursday's Supreme Court ruling. Some analysts felt President Barack Obama scored a huge win Thursday. Some officials felt Republican challenger Mitt Romney will benefit from conservative momentum following the decision. Either way, Thursday's Supreme Court ruling—one that upheld the individual mandate that requires the purchase of insurance as a tax—thrust health care to the top of the list of campaign topics heading toward November. We want to hear from you. Vote in our poll. Then tell us in the comments if Thursday's ruling has changed or cemented your vote this November.
What does the Supreme Court's ruling on Affordable Health Care mean to you?
Various media are reporting that the Supreme Court has upheld the individual mandate that requires the purchase of insurance as a tax. Stay with Patch throughout the day for updates and local reaction. What does it mean to you? Vote in our poll. While you're at it, don't just vote. Tell us why. Leave a comment, sharing your take on today's ruling. ——— NOTE: This poll is published throughout Maryland's network of Patch sites.
Families USA praise court decision. Rep. Andy Harris calls for the repeal of the law.
UPDATED (3:11 p.m.)—The Supreme Court, in a split decision, has upheld the individual mandate that requires the purchase of insurance as a tax. The announcement allows the Affordable Care Act championed by President Barack Obama to move forward. It's expected that the law would offer health care to more than 30 million Americans, according to the Huffington Post. In a 5-4 opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the majority of the court rejected arguments that the law violated the Constitution's interstate commerce clause. "The individual mandate forces individuals into commerce precisely because they elected to refrain from commercial activity," Roberts wrote. "Such a law cannot be sustained under a clause authorizing Congress to “…