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Readers React to Obamacare Decision

The Supreme Court upheld the health care mandate. Connecticut readers react to the decision.

Opposition to

"Time to find an island where an individual still has rights and Liberty. This Government has taken over our decision making for us. Why bother with a Supreme Court anymore?" –  

"Tax Alert! The Supreme Court decision on Obamacare means that beginning in 2013 the 2.9% Medicare tax will be expanded to all rental income, dividends, interest and other unearned income. The mandate also supports the probability that the 1% bank deposit tax will be implemented in 2013. The bank tax will place a 1% fee on all deposits you make inclusive of gross receipts of a small business deposited into a bank." –

"It is constitutional as a TAX --- a very large new TAX-- but Obama promised his plan wouldn't be a tax. It was his lawyers who when backed into a corner switch the wording while arguing the case. They did what consumers used to call "bait and switch". If you don't report it that way you are dishonest. It is a TAX- a very very large new TAX." –

"Sad day for a formerly free America." - 

"The USA is dead! Long live the USSA. The Supreme Court has ruled, the Federal government can force you to do anything. Failure to do their bidding will result in a tax, failure to pay the tax results in the seizure of all your property and jail." - 

Supporting the Supreme Court

"Briefly, the arguments against were mainly political aiming to destabilize Obama by denying him his signature legislation--do anything to defeat him in November. After all, it was initially a Republican initiative. The arguments against were specious and full of distortions, e.g. personal medical decisions made by bureaucrats, stripping of individual liberties, massive expense, catastrophic loss of jobs, etc." –

"Finally this ridiculous debate is over and no American in this, the greatest and wealthiest country in the world, will go without health care." – .

"I am a Republican who approves the USSC decision. I am also almost 75 and live on Social Security and Medicare so that I have no problems with the bill that Congress passed and the President signed into law. Some who may be younger than myself may have some problem with certain parts of the new law." -  

Hal Baird June 29, 2012 at 10:44 AM
What this means is my former company will realize I can be thrown into the "pool" with everyone else. The level of my retiree benefits will sink as compared to the nice package I have now and I'll pay more out of pocket for less coverage. But then, I guess that's how socialism runs.
Veronica Hoffman June 29, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Freedom? Freedom of choice? Not any longer! As Americans, we need to stand up to these people in government that we pay to represent us! Of course this ruling is not going to have an effect on the good ol boys in Washington - they get everything for free and the citizens of the USA get to pay for it! It really is time for change-starting with the free loaders we call politicans! We need to stand up and be heard. The people that currently don't have health insurance doesn't have it for a reason - the cost! This is just another way for the insurance companies to profit from the American people. ObamaCare states no one can be refused insurance, but does it state that the insurance companies can't charge two arms and a leg for it? This is just a way for Washington to bail out the health insurance companies like he did the financial institutions!
Charles Cornwallace June 29, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Sad to say that a good deal of our fellow Americans are so hooked on the dole that they believe this thing is a good deal. What has always made this country different than the nation states of Europe is that we had individual pride, charity, and honor. We lost that and now it is time for us to fade. This began when the progressive tachers started pumping us with the idea that we were designed as a democracy and never explained that we were a republic-- a nation of laws legislated by elected officials. Republics often die due to political decadence and lead to democracies. Democracies are nothing more than mob-rule and the mob often deconstructs its own society through greed and internal corruption. Once democracy has fully decayed the social structure, a dictatorship is the only thing left to fill the vacuum-- the whole order out of chaos thing. This is not MY theory; this is easily revealed during even a basic study of history. Inside note: in order to create the chaos, the politicians historically will release violent criminals and flood the streets with them so that they will agitate and create fear. The people will often demand that things be returned back to normalcy or at least stability. This is what took place in Russia, Spain, and Cambodia. So, if this is correct, be prepared to get hit with the decriminalization agenda. Oh, wait. That's already happening. LOL
Anne K. Mulligan June 29, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Freedom of choice? I'm tired of big insurance companies being "free" to turn me down for coverage for any reason whatsoever. This new ruling will hopefully stem the tide of people having to bankrupt themselves because of medical bills.
Catmommie June 30, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Really, Anne? You may get your testing, procedure, or surgery covered, but you also may not live to get it, with the "tide" of people waiting in line. Welcome to socialism.
Concerned Parent July 05, 2012 at 05:33 PM
"It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it."b - George Washington
RMK July 11, 2012 at 02:44 PM
It's interesting how many people are mislead by the propaganda of the rightwing noise machine on this issue. Most of the ACA benefits and programs have not even been enacted and people are already claiming the WORST!! is now taking place. "Socialism" is the favorite scare tactic to making healthcare affordable - as though giving more business to the insurance industry is what you'd call a commie plot. First, let's consider that mandate. When you add up the fact that the Heritage Foundation, the GOP and Mitt Romney ALL advocated for the individual mandate back when Obama wasn't for it, you might realize that it's more about politics as usual than actual policy concerns. As soon as Obama utilized the mandate in the ACA, it became the GOP's call to arms. Why is that? Mitch McConnell said it best when within days of Obama's inauguration he was quoted as publicly stating the goal of the GOP was to undermine virtually every program, bill, piece of legislation that the new president would seek to enact to ensure he was a one-term President. They have since done this with the debt ceiling that forced a lowering of our credit rating as well as undermining healthcare reform at every turn. This has all been done at the country's expense, folks. By the way, the mandate would ensure that those who can afford healthcare get it - something the 'personal responsibility' crowd SHOULD welcome, if they were honest enough to admit it. Wake up, people, and smell the upholding.
RMK July 11, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Sense of entitlement, much? There's always a place one can go where considering the community as a whole can be ducked and avoided. Try the Rockies, off-road, about 10 miles (hiking on foot) in. No 'socialist' provisions from outside or taxpayer-funded rescue teams allowed. I'm sure that the retirement benefits you enjoy will not change so much that you're destitute due to medical costs, but I am hoping that our tax dollars spent to ensure your comfort for the vast public services you enjoy daily aren't somehow adding to your fear of "socialism".
RMK July 11, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Since when do you have "freedom of choice" now with your medical decisions, Veronica? The insurance industry stands between you and your doctor - they have been for YEARS. If you need an MRI, the docs have had to ration their use of the diagnostic tool because at some point during the year the costs cut into the insurance industry's bottom line....and rest assured that without ACA in place, your premium payments have gone primarily to the insurance industry's bottom line. Please take the time to visit the fair non-partisan website that the Kaiser Foundation has on the Affordable Care Act. It's comprehensive and will answer the questions that the misleading rightwing media is putting in people's heads. Try it, you'll like it: http://healthreform.kff.org/
RMK July 11, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Catmommie, you need to actually find out what "socialism" means before making that claim. Here's a beginning point: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/11/opinion/obama-the-socialist-not-even-close.html
RMK July 11, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Wow, what you describe sounds like the 80s with Reagan. Oh, what Reagan and Greenspan unleashed!

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