UPDATED: Do You Agree With the Supreme Court's Decision on Obamacare? (With Poll)
The Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate of so-called "Obamacare." What do people around Northville think?
The Supreme Court ruled today, in a 5-4 decision, that the individual health care mandate is constitutional, according to the Huffington Post.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote the opinion in support of upholding the provision, according to the Washington Post. Justices John Roberts, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor were in the majority. Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito joined in a dissent.
Democrats praise the decision. President Barack Obama called it "a victory for people all over this country."
Conservatives have criticized the mandate, saying it's unconstitutional. The presumed Republican presidental candidate, Mitt Romney, has vowed to overturn the law if he is elected, reported the New York Times.
On the Northville Patch Facebook page, a few showed support for the majority's decision.
Others around Northville were unhappy with the decision including Thomas Stroup, the chairman of the 11th Congressional District Republican Committee. He said that he hopes voters show their discontent with Obamacare by replacing its namesake with Romney in November.
"One word that comes to mind: Disappointed," he wrote in an email. "At this point I can not put into words how disappointed I am in Chief Justice John Roberts."
State Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) also expressed, in an email statement, his discontent with the Supreme Court ruling.
"It is an unfortunate decision for Michigan’s middle class families. They are the ones who are going to be forced to spend more of their money for worse health care," he wrote. "By affirming the individual mandate, the free market principles this country was founded on were abandoned in favor of socialist ideas.”
Email requests for reaction from the Northville Democratic Club were not answered.