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What Do You Think, Avon?: Obama Health Care Plan Upheld in U.S. Supreme Court

The justices deemed the so-called "individual mandate," what's also become known as Obamacare, is constitutional. Please share your thoughts and read about local reactions.

In a landmark decision, both legally and politically, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld President Barack Obama's sweeping healthcare law, including the central mandate that individuals must buy health insurance.

Pundits and politicians alike are already heralding the decision as a major political boon to Obama, whose supporters were concerned that an overturn of the law, or just the individual mandate, would harm the president's re-election bid this year.

"I do think the ruling of the Supreme Court was a good decision," Avon resident David Peña, a candidate for the 17th District of the House of Representatives, said. "It certainly gives the opportunity for the people who do not have health care some of the opportunities to find affordable health care, as well as many of the young people who are graduating from college. It gives them the opportunity to continue with their parents' insurance without having to worry so much about health care for themselves, especially in looking for jobs."

As a father of a 24-year-old, Avon Democratic Town Committee Chairman Daryl Worobow can relate, stating in an email that the plan helps his son's "health insurance needs."

"I am pleased and surprised that the court upheld the law in its entirety," Worobow said. "I believe Justice Roberts took the right position for the majority."

Others are not as pleased.

"The U.S. Supreme Court decision is a disappointing decision that will require the Congress to exercise its Constitutional rights to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act," said Lisa Wilson-Foley, of Simsbury, who is running for U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy's soon vacant seat in the Fifth District, which represents Avon.

In a press release, the Avon and Farmington Valley businesswoman characterized the president's health care plan as financially burdensome for families and businesses.

"Health care is critical for every American, but the Supreme Court has, in effect, given Congress an unlimited ability to tax families and businesses to create a huge federally driven system. With a deficit of $16 trillion, it is hard to imagine how our economy can survive and create opportunity with this decision."

However, she did note some favorable sides of the plan.

"Some components of the law are positive - protecting patients with pre-existing conditions and allowing children to be carried on their parents plans," Wilson-Foley said. "Real reform will require leaders who understand health care from a clinical perspective and the impact it has on families and businesses."

Yet she advocated congressional leaders working together to improve the nation's health care to a point where most Americans are comfortable with it.

Obama's health care law, which also requires health insurers to provide coverage to children of policy holders up to 26 years old and bans insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, was challenged by several states who argued that some of its conditions, particularly the individual mandate, were unconstitutional.

Republicans also had vehemently opposed the health care law and their presumptive presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, has vowed to seek its repeal if he's elected.

Avon, Canton, Farmington and Simsbury Republican town committees are holding a "meet the candidates" event on July 28 and the public is invited to come discuss their views on health care with the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate candidates, according to Avon Republican Town Committee Chairman Brian Ladouceur. The even will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the .

You can take a on the issue by following the link provided. See how other reacted and then tell us your thoughts on the issue in the comments.

Adam June 29, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Missing from most stories in Judge Roberts significantly scaled back the commerce clause, which is the Constitutional authority for the passage of most Congressional legislation. Therefore, the decision ironically paves the way for less federal intervention in our daily lives going forward. Still, it upholds Obamacare as a tax, which the President vehemently denied when pushing it through into law. The decision will inevitably lead to more health care rationing and the middle class, already pinching pennies, is now saddled with several new taxes and deduction limitations at a time when the economy is sputtering along. Brilliant!
Anna Chase Paine June 29, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Insulin dependence means I will die within days without it or maybe end up in a coma or have a severe stroke. The government needs to control healthcare . What would Romney do kill me along with many others including children who need life support ?I for one have worked very hard to put more money in the hands of people who do not pay taxes. My question is where are they now? Some people claiming the right to be greedy in this nation would not care if I lived or died. Romney and others like him have not mentally suitable to see where all this could end. If an normal average citizen cannot get affordable healthcare we show the rest of the world that we are impoverished mentally and believe in killing innocent victims. who were one very viable in the work place. and could be again. Humanity over money should be the nations new mantra only the government can get that started. When jerks like Romney come along I just think od them as cleaning toilets for a living. My forbears wrote the constiution and signed the Declaration of Independence I do not see the Romneys on the list.
Adam June 29, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Anna: I don't understand the leap of logic from insulin dependence to single payer. Like any commodity, health care is not "free". There is no free lunch in life. It must come from somewhere. Even a government has a budget and it must chose winners and losers. There may come a point at which the feds refuse to cover treatment for bone marrow cancer, even though failure to treat it will lead to a painful death. The government is not merciful or your friend. Please get that through your head. The only reason that it opts to cover insulin (today) is because it is not very expensive and there is a huge interest group demanding it (i.e. diabetics). Further, raising awareness that certain forms of diabetes are preventable through proper health and nutrition doesn't need a single payer system. Private insurance already has plenty of incentives to encourage healthy lifestyles among its members.
David Charles June 29, 2012 at 11:07 PM
If we are suppose to be the most powerful country in the world, then why can't we have free health care like Canada or some of the eastern European countries? I realize that it will be expensive later on down the road for our country but isn't that better than having some of our on people dying because the high prices on health care we have now.
I hate liberals July 19, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Anna: what the liberal hacks known as lame stream media also fail to mention regarding Obamacare is that there are going to be rationing of care based on age and the terminal volatility of a disease. The main stream media won’t disclose this fact will they? But I guess just like the old hag Pelosi said, we need to pass the law to learn what’s in it…how ignorant!

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