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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.

Local reaction

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.

Herb Helzer June 29, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Bob Moreillon is the media contact for the Norrhville Democratic Club. I'll pass word you wanted a comment.
Nancy Kelsey (Editor) June 29, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Thanks. I contacted the chair/presidents of both organizations for comment. I will definitely keep Bob in mind in the future.
Mark branthoover June 29, 2012 at 09:15 PM
This obama has to go but i am afraid the fix is in and he will win due to his promise of giving health care to all. He bought his vote with our money, more national debt. Put hey he dont pay so its ok.
Jim Nowka June 30, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Maybe Roberts chose to identify the penalty as a tax. properly. We have a scramble of pretenders seeking to dominate the stage sadly a symptom of a current dearth of excellent quality in our national leadership.
Michigan Voter June 30, 2012 at 12:50 AM
"Put hey he dont pay so its okay" Dude, what are you talking about? Obama pays a higher tax rate than Mittens who only pays 13%. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-24/romney-paid-13-9-percent-tax-rate-on-21-6-million-2010-income.html. While Mittens paid 3 mill in taxes last year, he still gets to live off of the other 18 million he made. Oh the injustice. Obama made 789k, and he paid 162k in tax and donated 117k to charity. See http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/04/13/president-obama-and-vice-president-biden-s-2011-tax-returns
feed up July 01, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I still don't see a viable plan to replace it from ANYBODY. If you want to throw it out, show me something that will be fair, just and work for everybody, not just the rich.
CR July 06, 2012 at 04:05 AM
I am sure many have heard the phrase "health is wealth", well in order to have health one would need to seek health care and one would seek health care if one has coverage. The governments mandate that you should have car insurance when you go to renew your car registration, and as far as I'm concerned my health is way more valuable than what I drive, so why not have a mandate for health insurance for all. Why don't the senators and representatives who have the best health coverage in the world give up their coverage and see what it is like to not have health insurance. There need to be checks and balances for the coverage that one has to avoid waste and abuse, and more than anything else health care is a necessity not an option. I work in health care and whether the tax payers like it or not, the people who are uninsured there costs of health care are borne by all. I'm sure there will be glitches along the way, however our democracy continues to be a work in progress as well. Well done Justice John Roberts, to make a decision to support the meek and under-served.

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