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Local Officials Weigh In on Affordable Health Care Act

Local officials react to the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Health Care Act

This morning, in a historic decision, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold the Affordable Health Care Act, the Obama's health care law enacted two years ago.

“The Supreme Court today sent a clear message that those reforms will go forward.  By upholding the law, the Court validated the principle that all Americans should have access to health care," said U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

Supporters of the Act say it is the largest tax cut for health care in history. Opponents say it has raised taxes for the middle class, for those who do not elect to enroll in the qualifying programs.

Individuals who do not have insurance may incur tax penalties under the Act.

"The end of the day, we have three branches of government.  The judiciary branch has now weighed in," said State Senator Louis DiPalma.

He said he hopes the Plan will lower the costs across the system by providing residents incentives to practice preventive care, which now must be offered to subscribers at no charge.

"In Rhode Island, we provide care regardless if a patient has insurance or not," said DiPalma.  These costs are absorbed by tax payers, he said.

Also under the plan, insurers must allow children to remain on their parent's plan until they the age of 26.  DiPalma said in this economic climate it is difficult for recent college graduates to enter the workforce so go without insurance.

DiPalma added while he hopes the Act will lower costs to residents, the actual savings is a large unknown.

"The jury will be out,"  said the State Senator, pardoning the pun.

There were three possible outcomes from today's vote -- The act could had been upheld, struck down, or amended.

The bill says it puts individuals, families and small business owners in control of their health care. It claims to reduce premium costs for millions of working families and small businesses by providing hundreds of billions of dollars in tax relief.

U.S. Senator Jack Reed said the decision is good news for all Americans.   

“For too long, health insurance companies got away with increasing premiums and decreasing coverage, which resulted in higher costs and unfair practices," said Reed.

We want to know!  Do you think Obama's health care reform will save money across the system?

 

 

William F Horan June 29, 2012 at 10:09 PM
I differ with their conclusion in that the real debate among the American people has just started and is not concluded. Yes, ultimately they will make the decision in ~ 130 days.The court says it is not a mandate rather it is yet another tax and even much more damaging to our nations economy and its people. SCOTUS said it cannot protect us from bad political choices with unintended negative consequences. SCOTUS did not say that this new massive Obama Care tax made horse sense or common sense.This Obama Care TAX is leading to destroying health care quality and availability while emulating the failed socialist states of Europe.This is a wealth seizure and wealth transfer tax scheme that is already contributing to a destruction of our economy on the heals of the great finical frauds made self evident in 2008. The American people will ultimately have the last word in November..I am afraid that many elected members of government have lost touch on the many clear and present dangers to our country from with in especially the beltway Bubble.I ask that they make an effort to do no further harm to our country and its legal citizens. Yes, both actions and inaction appear to have placed our government and its people in a very dangerous position. Finally Please revisit the legacy US Constitution and the Bill of Rights for our sovereign Republic.Special attention to the limited enumerated powers granted to the co equal branches of the people’s government would be especially helpful.
Jon Mathews June 30, 2012 at 09:54 AM
I agree with you. This is Obamas march to socialism or communism. He must go.
nptresident June 30, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Oh please. This just aligns us with other countires that have higher quality of living. It is not doomsday.

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