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Thread: Affordable Care Act upheld.

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    Affordable Care Act upheld.

    I don't really care anyway, but I said it would happen.
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    Chief Justice John Roberts cast the deciding vote. Interesting.

    In a victory for President Obama, the Supreme Court decided to uphold his signature health care law's individual mandate in a split decision, upending speculation after hostile-seeming oral arguments in March that the justices would overturn the law. The mandate has been upheld as a tax, according to SCOTUSblog, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the liberal wing of the court. Tom Goldstein of SCOTUSblog says Roberts' vote "saved' the Affordable Care Act.
    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/s...135554880.html
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    The smart money was 6-3, with Roberts and Kennedy with the majority. Kennedy went the other way, of course, but it must be frustrating for the Bush-appointed Chief Justice to deliver this victory for Obama.
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    I wouldn't necessarily say it's clear victory for Obama. They upheld it as a tax and Obama was saying all along that it wasn't a tax. Obama now has to sell it during the election as a tax.

    Obama in September: "You know that healthcare thing that I said wasn't a tax? Yeah, turns out it is. Sorry about that."

    Romney can harp on that until November.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LouPhinFan View Post
    I wouldn't necessarily say it's clear victory for Obama. They upheld it as a tax and Obama was saying all along that it wasn't a tax. Obama now has to sell it during the election as a tax.

    Obama in September: "You know that healthcare thing that I said wasn't a tax? Yeah, turns out it is. Sorry about that."

    Romney can harp on that until November.
    Agreed. Good news for Obama's legacy. Bad news for his re-election. I can just see the attack ads now, they have obama on camera many times saying it wasn't a tax.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jared81 View Post
    Agreed. Good news for Obama's legacy. Bad news for his re-election. I can just see the attack ads now, they have obama on camera many times saying it wasn't a tax.
    Plus Romeny can now say the only way to get "Obamacare" repealed is to elect him as POTUS. That will carry some weight with independents.
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    This was a close vote... In a 5-4 ruling, the high court decided the individual mandate requiring people to have health insurance is valid as a tax, even though it is impermissible under the Constitution's commerce clause.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LouPhinFan View Post
    Plus Romeny can now say the only way to get "Obamacare" repealed is to elect him as POTUS. That will carry some weight with independents.
    It definitely might. It's not that easy to repeal something once it's in effect though. We'll see how it plays out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Locke View Post
    It definitely might. It's not that easy to repeal something once it's in effect though. We'll see how it plays out...
    Agreed, but it is one play that Roms can make during the election.
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    No one is really going to care about the logistics of whether or not it is a tax. The Republicans bet everything on this being overturned.
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