The Supreme Court handed down a historic decision on Thursday as it ruled to uphold a health care law that has been a controversial part of President Barack Obama's term.
Obama: Supreme Court ruling on health care a victory for all Americans
We've heard opinions from both the right and the left about this ruling, and the debate, of course, has also reached Hollywood:
Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow)
"The Supreme Court upheld Obamacare! I heard Judge Roberts used his save. Incredible. That's the only one he gets for the entire season."
Nia Vardalos (@NiaVardalos)
"Congratulations to all on today's #Obamacare or as we Canadians call it, Thursday."
John Legend (@JohnLegend)
"Supreme Court has me in a good mood right now. America getting closer to universal access to affordable health care. It's about time."
On CNN.com: What the health care ruling means to you
Adrianne Curry (@AdrianneCurry)
"@BarackObama thank you so much4affordable healthcare. It saved my bro from going paralyzed from a car crash. His insurance dropped him. ... I know a lot of people are pissed, but without it...my brother wouldn't have had his back surgery that saved his legs."
Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
"Wow, the Supreme Court passed @ObamaCare. I guess @JusticeRoberts wanted to be a part of Georgetown society more than anyone knew."
Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof)
"Barack is so smoking a cigarette right now."
Christina Applegate (@1capplegate)
"Um for those who want to move to Canada bcuz of obamacare, u may want to look up Canada healthcare on Wikipedia. Just sayin ..."
Weigh in on iReport: Did the Supreme Court make the right decision?
Waka Flocka Flame (@WakaFlockaBSM)
"ObamaCare !!!... just when they started to doubt my man s/o @BarackObama #2ndTerm LehGo"
Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush)
"I am so grateful for the Supreme Court, and I heart @BarackObama so much right now. He cares about us, the average citizens of this country, more than he cares about pleasing all the scared-to-change people in power. That's heroic, admirable, and exactly what we need. F*** yes Mr. President, you are a unicorn."
"Congrats to the @barackobama and the people of the US becuz we deserve to be a healthy....EVERYONE!"
Gabrielle Union (@ItsGabrielleU)
"So happy that healthcare is now a right, not a privilege! #POTUS"
we have no insurance. we pay cash for everything and like everything they take payments. we are self employed and the rates for getting a "good" plan would cost us over a house payment. we don't have to get referals, we can see which ever doctors we want, when we want and we get a 75% cash discount, not only that, but the doctors all of a sudden say, oh, you don't have insurance? well, you don't have to do that untill this age.....i have been getting mamograms since i was 40, every year. no fuss,no muss 135$ digital. i go every year to my gyno/ob 150$ and my internest 88$ a visit. my kids well check 120$, sick visits, 66$ and for allergies ( we live in arizona, my oldest is a hot mess with asthma and allergies) it doesn't matter because insurence doesn't cover it anyways is 26.85 per shot, 285.00 per visit and 1000$ for the serum and that is with the cash discount. the allergest even says that they will charge your insurance 1000$ dollars anyways reguardless of what kind of insurance you have. i don't want to be penalized for not having insurance. this totally sucks. i pay my bills/ debts. just because i live in america and don't go to the er and use it like a clinic like many people in arizona do doesn't mean i should have to pay for regulated health care. this is not right.
Who the hell are half these people?
I mean Ellen...OK and Donald Trump...OK. But as to the rest of them, I've never heard of them.
Obama does not care than Seniors can get no return on their money.
Obama is a good person and very bright and that said, other than Jimmy Carter our worst President.
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More government is never the answer. Now the American middle class is forced to pay tax for the poor.What happened to freedom in this country? Healthcare should be a choice, not a requirement.
Sean 12, I'm sorry but I think you may be misinformed about the new healthcare law. It's not a government system being put in place, it's actually a huge gift to the PRIVATE insurance industry who will now have 30 million new paying customers. Nothing will change for those who already have health insurance except it might get cheaper. The whole purpose of the law is to allow poor and low-income Americans access to medical treatment which is currently unaffordable, and the law is based on a policy devised by the ultra-conservative Heritage Foundation. Romney based his successful Massachusetts law on the same policy. When Obama adopted the same conservative idea for his law, all his political enemies suddenly reversed positions and adamantly opposed a policy they invented and had previously supported. Incidentally, access to affordable health care is considered a basic human right according to the United Nations and every single other modern industrialized country. Sadly, the US is way behind on this issue.
We already pay for the poor....that's why insurance is so high duhhhh
scottydude nailed it. He just forgot one point. It is not a choice. Every person seeks it in their life, and we ALL end up paying for it through taxes anyway. When the uninsured get sick, we ALL pay for it. This just forces us everyone to pay their fair share.
That's the heart of the issue. Healthcare, as it turns out, is NOT a choice. Everyone will very likely participate in the health care world at somepoint in their lives. Not participating is not a predictable choice You can not with certainly say "I'm just never going to need health care."... not possible. Therefore, health care is not capitalistic ( at least basic health care). Basic health care is inherently socialistic, and should be delivered as such. Canada's system WOULD work in the US. Each Province/State runs its own single payer delivery system, with slight differences. Beyond basic health services there is a private market for specialized and cosmetic services.
Way to go POTUS!! My children can continue to be on my insurance until they are 26! Not many graduates get jobs with benefits right after graduation! Mr. President, you are the best!! Let's go people.... OBAMA 2012!!!!!
Congratulations to our wonderful president Obama and to the people. I totally agree with confused who actually explained everything very well. What is there to complain about?? I know the Republicans do not want to help anyone or make anything better and it really makes them mad because we have a president that tries very hard to help the people.
What is Christina Applegate talking about? So there are criticisms of the Canadian system. Big whoop. No one said it was perfect. I read the Wikipedia entry. The most striking things are well over 80 per cent of Canadians prefer the health care system in this country to the United States. Plus, Canadians live over three years longer on average than Americans. On a personal note, I'm going to see a doctor this afternoon. I can leave my wallet at home. Just sayin'.
Oops, i think you misunderstood Ms. Applegate's comment. She was referring to ignorant Republicans who thought they could escape socialized medicine by fleeing to Canada. Obviously Canada already has a successful national health care system. Obama's opponents are extraordinarily uninformed.
scottydude...Thanks for the explanation. I really didn't understand the comment. You mean some Republicans are talking about moving to Canada to escape Obamacare???? Really???? That's hilarious.
She wasn't saying anything bad about the Canadian system. She was calling out all of the teatards and other right wing morons who say "I'm moving to Canada," anytime President Obama passes anything. In this case she was telling those people – "If you're trying to get away from universal healthcare, Canada is not the place to go."
Obama wil rank as one of our top Presidents. He will get re-elected!
I really hope so, James.
Yes, Obama 2012.
Please! It's great to be a left wing liberal when nothing in this Obamacare is going to effect you at all!. None of the above people have to worry about paying for heatlh care. What about the shrinking middle class who has insurnance and will now see their already riidiculous premiums go through the roof.... again to support this? There are ways to fund a single payer system through corporate taxes and individual taxes on a graduated tax system that would be equitable across the board and fair
My husband retired last year. We had to get our own insurance for the first time, previously supplied by his company. I know exactly how much healthcare costs. I still would rather have these new guarantees on my side, and the side of millions of Americans. He could have been refused insurance, because he has pre-existing medical conditions, but that will no longer happen. I just had a physical & a mammogram. I didn't pay a dime for it. Right there, saved me a bunch of money. Ultimately, I would like to see a single payer, Medicare for all. Until you reach the age of 65, you pay your premium, at a much lower cost than regular insurance, to the government. It would be simple, & cost efficient. The insurance companies are not going to do you any favors. As long as there are no restrictions on them about raising your rates, they will continue in the fashion they have become accustomed to. You need to vent to the insurance companies, not the government. By the way, at least the liberals try to do something good for the middle class. Gop just wants to give tax cuts to the rich, who can afford the high cost of healthcare.
Your premiums won't go through the roof. The more people who sign up for healthcare, the less expensive it will cost each of us.
Did you know that 30-40% of the people who visit ERs have NO insurance. You are ALREADY paying taxes on those people. If all of them buy health insurance, then your taxes will go DOWN because THEY will be paying for the care they are receiving, not you or me,
Did you know that approximately 45,000 Americans die each year because they have NO health insurance? This is unacceptable in one of the richest nations in the world.
Did you know you already pay for "socialized"medicine? It's called "Medicare". Don't believe me?? – Take a look at your next paycheck stub - it's called "FICA/Med".
Did you know that each and every state requires you to have automobile insurance? If you don't carry it, you can be subjected to a fine (tax). This is no different than requiring people to have health insurance. The more people who pay into the pool, the less money each of us has to pay.
Affordable health care for all is so right...I truly can't understand anyone that would think this is a bad thing.
Is there a reason why an american would not accept any type of healthcare that their government would pay for??????? We Canadians have our health care paid by our government and we don't go broke because we need an expensive surgery we get it for free, wake up Americans and realize what Obama is doing for you and stop complaining.
Thank you for saying this. I agree that we need a single payer system similar to Canada. Most American buy into the propaganda thrown out there by our government.... most of whom are in bed with the private health care companies. It's the worst scam.... unethical and punitive that has been perpetuated on the American people. Our government does not care about us.... they just want more and more of our money.
Do you people even know what is in the HealthCare plan? What could you possibly be against? First off, you get free preventive care, which includes physicals, mammograms, etc. Your kids can stay on your policy until they are 26, which helps millions of kids be covered. They can't deny you coverage for pre-existing illness, both children & adults. There are no lifetime limits anymore, which means they can't cancel you if you spend too much on your illness. You can't go bankrupt, due to health bills. If you have insurance, nothing changes, you keep the same coverage. They can't drop you if you do get sick. They can't jack up your rates without reason. Seniors got rebates on their prescription drugs. If you have insurance, you will be getting a rebate from your insurance carrier, due to the fact that they are required to invest a certain percentage to their customers healthcare, and when they don't, you get a rebate. If you are worried about the individual mandate, that amounts to about a $90 fine, which isn't even enforceable by law. If you are poor, the government is going to help you supplement your insurance to make it more affordable for the individual. Personally, I don't like the fact that anybody can go into the emergency room for care, and we pick up the tab. And one more thing, the government is NOT going to get in between you & your doctor. Right now, the insurance companies do that. How times have you heard about them denying a certain procedure or drug they won't cover due to the cost. Insurance companies are deciding what your doctor can prescribe as care, not the government. So my question to you, what exactly don't you like about this plan?
Thank you for your good sense,so many people love to b!tch in this country,yea I get it freedom of speech and all,sometimes you should keep your opinions to yourself.
Well said, finally somebody can put it in simple words.
Who the heck do you think is going to help pay for this... the people who already have insurance who are already paying through the nose for their premiums... you're going to tell me my rates aren't going to go up? We already pay $12,000 a year for premiums on top of the stuff that isn't covered. Under this plan, we will most likely have to drop people in our family because we simply can not afford any higher premiums.
Who pays for your insurance now? You do, or your employer, which still is coming out of your pocket technically. As far as your rates going up, I'm an office administrator. One year our rates went up 20%, the next year it went up 50%, the following year it was another 10%. Your rates are set by the insurance company. They have been screwing you for years. I wish there would have been a provision in the bill only allowing the insurance companies to only be able to raise your rate according with the cost of living. If your rates are going up, shop around. Sometimes, not always, you can find a better deal. The healthcare bill still can be improved, but do we want to go back to where the insurance companies can do whatever they want to you? I don't.
Right ON!!! :)
I FOR ONE THANK U AND ANOTHER PERSON THAT WROTE IN, FOR EXPLAINING THIS HEALTHCARE FOR U S THAT DONT KNOW, NOW I DO UNDERSTAND AND THINK ITS A GOOD THING
@Chris – When you don't have health care because you can't afford - it's not a choice either.
Psst, entertainer folks, listen up!
We pay you to entertain us, not show us how stupid you are, unless of course, it's written into a script for you.
Probably not a one of you clowns even knows what this will cost you in added Mediscare taxes in the coming years.
And in the end, Obamacare won't do a thing to change the already ridiculous cost of healthcare except to line the pockets of insurance companies.
Couldn't agree more! As if CNN was going to put anything but a positive spin on this issue from liberal celebs!!! More money out of our pockets for this crap! Perhaps all of the celebs should pay for this since they think it's so great.
"So happy that healthcare is now a right, not a privilege"
No, now it's a requirement, not a choice.
I'm pretty sure only unintelligent uneducated people would choose not to have healthcare.
Yes, it IS a requirement...like automobile insurance, wearing a seat belt, wearing a helmet when driving a motorcycle (in certain states).
These things are designed to save human beings from themselves. If everyone were smart enough to do these things on their own, you wouldn't need government to step in and require you to comply.
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