How does today's health care ruling affect your opinion of the Supreme Court?
June 28th, 2012
04:00 PM ET

How does today's health care ruling affect your opinion of the Supreme Court?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The Supreme Court reminded us all in an instant Thursday morning what an enormous impact these nine justices can have on the lives of millions of Americans.

And what came as a surprise to many was that Chief Justice John Roberts, a George W. Bush appointee, broke with the conservatives and sided with the court's liberal justices in favor of Obamacare and the individual mandate.

In a way it was curiously refreshing, whether you agree with the court's decision or not.

That's because many have come to believe that politics have played an outsize role in the high court's decisions in recent years. It probably really got going in 2000, with Bush v. Gore, which effectively handed the presidency to Bush.

Then two years ago came the Citizens United ruling allowing unlimited spending by corporations and unions on elections as long as it's independent of campaigns.

Whatever the reasons, there has been a marked decline in the Supreme Court's approval rating.

A recent poll found 44% of Americans approve of how the high court handles its job - down from 80% in 1994.

The New York Times/CBS Poll shows an overwhelming 76% of those surveyed say the Supreme Court justices sometimes let their personal or political views influence their decisions. Only 13% think the court's decisions are based only on legal analysis.

But the court's critical ruling Thursday might move the needle once again when it comes to how we view the highest court in the land.

Here’s my question to you: How does today's health care ruling affect your opinion of the Supreme Court?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jayne in New Hampshire:
I had been convinced the Supreme Court was a completely bought and paid for political operation, but with Justice Roberts deciding in favor of the law I have hope that it isn't. As a person who is currently enrolled in the pre-existing condition pool of the Affordable Care Act, I am very, very grateful the law has been upheld.

My opinion of them has not changed and let’s just say that I don't view them with gusto. Unless and until there is a reversal of Citizens United the "Corporations Are People Too" decision, I'll hold fast to the thought that this court lacks a grasp of the obvious.

Eric in Houston:
Yes, particularly of Chief Justice Roberts. Absolutely brilliant! He single-handedly has partially defused the argument that the justices always split along partisan lines, and he has kept the court out of the middle of the most contentious issue in the upcoming election

Bonnie in New Jersey:
I supported the health care act and I am completely shocked that it was upheld. I would like to say it makes me have a positive opinion of them. But there is no way I can after Citizens United. I don't know how they can show their faces in public after that ruling.

The Supreme Court was in danger of striking out in public opinion. Strike 1: The Florida recount decision. Strike 2: The Citizens United decision. The court’s leading hitter (Roberts) has hit a home run.

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  1. Liz.

    Yes. I was sure that the court was merely an extension of the two parties. Justice Roberts decision has restored my faith in the supreme court. At last health care for all. Bravo!

    June 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  2. gil corona,ca

    It is disappointing to have our highest court lose it's respectability by abdicating their objectiveness in favor of politics. Justice may not be blind after all.

    June 28, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  3. Bob in Ohio

    I would have asked my Congressman to sponsor legislation for a constitutional amendment to allow for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justices if they had struck down the Affordable Care Act. Uh oh, I think I just gave the Tea Party an idea they wouldn't have thought of themselves.

    June 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  4. Richard Hill/Colebrook,NH

    Jack, I think it shows that "the constitution" trumps "the political".

    June 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  5. Jose

    I think the supreme court is full of politically biased liberals that don't listen nor care about to the will of the american people – they are all useless. How can a single law never properly debated be enacted into our land and forcing me to pay for something that i have no choice about – COMMUNISM, PURE AND SIMPLE. WHAT'S NEXT ? – OUR CHILDREN'S SCHOOLING ?

    June 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  6. Eddie

    America survived a civil war and we will survive this also. The Supreme court gave us their answer today and we will give ours in November. God bless America.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  7. Kevin in CA

    I still view it as partisan ... especially since Chief Justice Roberts was forced to vote for the Affordable Care Act to save the legitimacy of his court and hence his legacy.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    Good, because it saves millions of kids, millions of pre-existing pts, millions of poor from being robbed by greedy hospitals, doctors, so many lost homes too. This nation's dire need is this law. Yes, on Obama12.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  9. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    The Supreme Court decision has put hope back in my heart that there is still enough Justices to stand up and do the right thing. I was an average working man who is now retired. I worried about my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren losing their healthcare and having to die much younger then they should. I salute the Supreme Court's decision. Today we have finally caught up to the rest of the industrialized nations in healthcare. Now we must catch up to them in education which the Republicans also oppose.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  10. Pete in Georgia

    My view of almost all of the American justice system is that it is controlled totally by scheming, deceiving, clever lawyers who are the same inside and out, regardless of what elaborate robes they wear or what elevated names they attach to themselves.
    Decency, honesty, and purity are not possible in today's deceitful world.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  11. bonnie from NJ

    Although I supported the health care act and I am completely shocked that it was upheld, I would like to say it makes me have a positive opinion of them, there is no way I can after Citizens United. I don't know how they can show their faces in publc after that ruling.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  12. Lawrence

    It is good to observe that the court's opinion does not follow party lines.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  13. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    Well they definitely know that the wind from their approval rating is blowing them onto the rocks. My opinion of them has not changed and lets just say that I don't view them with gusto. Unless and until there is a reversal of the "Citizens United" crap decision and the "Corporations Are People Too" crap decision, I'll hold fast to the thought that this Court lacks a grasp of the obvious.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  14. Mark in Topeka

    I was not surprised that Chief Justuce Roberts voted to uphold. It appears he is very concerned about the Court's reputation on his watch. For that reputation, the worst thing that could have happened would have been 5-4 against, with all Republican-appointed justices voting against. My guess is he has been working hard to get the decision to be at least 6-3, but was not successful. The decision strikes me as being expedient, balancing a number of considerations. I wonder how persuasive Justice Ginsburg's simple statement was during the oral arguments that she found it curious that Congress should be questioned about its attempt to provide health insurance through private means when it clearly has the authority to provide it through public means (i.e., Medicare).

    June 28, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  15. David of Alexandria VA

    It doesn't. The Supreme Coiurt did what it is supposed to do - weigh the facts and the constiution, make a decision without regard to political afiliation. I don't always like their decisons - I didn't lke this one. But, I respect the process. I just wish we could get a Congress (which is the genesis of the court's membership), to not feel compelled to put ideology over substance in nominating jurists. If we never knew the politics of a Justice and believed in their true intellectual impartiality, we'd be a lot better off.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  16. Jayne in NH

    I had been convinced the Supreme Court was a completely bought and paid for political operation, but with Justice Roberts deciding in favor of the law I have hope that it isn't. As a person who is currently enrolled in the pre-existing condition pool of the Affordable Care Act, I am very, very grateful the law has been upheld.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  17. Nick @ Mammoth Lakes, CA

    If you look at the minority opinions, you will still see a deeply divided court. 18th century head-in-the-sand mollusks vs 21st century progressives. I am happy with this decision, however, as it means that the country still has the ability to do something constructive when faced with a crisis. If it had been overturned, then that would have left the country in the hands of business and monied interests.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  18. Julie from wisconsin

    This is just great, I can't afford health insurance now because I had to take a job with less hours and no benifits and now I will be punished for not being able to afford health insurance. the supreme court and obama have once again stuck there nose in my life and made it harder. but hey hooray for the poor. Julie from wisconsin

    June 28, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  19. Dee, New York

    First of all, Forrest Gump was right in saying that "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." I was not surprised by the fact that Obamacare passed, but rather by who wound up being the swing vote, and that somewhere along the way, a paradigm shift had occurred, wherein the "act" is now referred to as a tax. The Court did not say that the law is wise or fair, but that such a tax is constitutional. This is sad, because Congress gained more power today and Americans lost some precious liberty once again.

    It will be interesting to see how all this plays out, in light of the fact that Obama swore up and down that this was not a tax and that President Bush lost reelection because he failed to keep his promise of no new taxes.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  20. Eric - Houston

    Yes, particularly of Chief Justice Roberts. Absolutely brilliant! He single handedly has partially defused the argument that the justices always split on partisan lines, has kept the court out of the middle of the most contentious issue in the upcoming election, while still setting up the legal precedence for restrictions on congress' powers under the commerce clause, which he could do by appointing himself as the writer of the official majority opinion. Thus he strengthened himself, the court and still furthered his generally strict constructionist position. I am in awe.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  21. jk in MN

    A little better – just slightly, though. I still think they are way off base thinking the Citizens United Ruling and the one that blew away a onee year old campaign finance rule in Montana is dangerous to our democracy. I am now a supporter of term limits on the Supreme Court Justices as well as Congress.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  22. RickFromDetroit

    After the Citizens United decision by SCOTUS, I was skeptical that the Supreme Court would decide in favor of Obamacare, or at least all of it. I thought for sure that the individual mandate would be thrown out. SCOTUS surprised me with their decision to pass all of Obamacare and my opinion of SCOTUS has taken a change for the better.

    Now that we are all required to have health insurance, we should have a choice between a government program and private insurance. Lets not forget that the "individual mandate" was a GOP trade off for the "public option," and many people wanted the public option. Lets make Medicare available for everyone, and we will call this a "public option" and this should keep everyone happy, and with health insurance.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  23. Janice T. Henderson


    I notice that all of you Republicans are not for any part of Obama-Care. However, I notice that the great percentage
    ot you that are against healthe care for the common man, none of you(Republicans) sure do not have any scruples
    about enjoying the generous health care that you get from our government and large employers (such as CNN).

    Janice T. Henderson
    Near Valdosta, Ga.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  24. Gary H. Boyd

    With its decision on the health care bill today, the Supreme Court has essentially reelected Barack Hussein Obama to a second term. Their support of the legislation has given Obama a significant hand up in his bid for reelection. It is interesting because this is the second time in this new century that the high court has played a role in electing a U.S. President. The first being their decision on the voting that took place in Florida in 2000 which gave George W. Bush the Presidency over Al Gore. As for my opinion of the Supreme Court, I think it sucks.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    June 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  25. Frances

    My opinion is slightly better.

    Hooray! Whoopee! Go Obama! Go Pelosi! Yipee! Yaa hoo! Fabulous for the children, and families. Way to go Democrats! Eee Haw! Happy, Happy, Happy!


    June 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  26. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    For most of my adult life I had a very high opinion of the U S Supreme Court. That high regard was severely diminished when the Court injected itself into the Presidential elections of 2000. My regard for the court was further damaged when it ruled that political contributions could be made anonymously and totally unrestricted in terms of amounts. Today's ruling on Health Care Reform was a good step in the right direction towards reconciliation and restoration of respect for the highest court in the land.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  27. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    Today's ruling calls up two words for me....Restoration and Reconciliation.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  28. Gary in San Jose, California

    This ruling doesn't change my option of Supreme Court at all. This 5 to 4 ruling shows they are as divided along ideological lines as our current elected officials. Aren't they supposed to be objective? We all need to rediscover the unity of purpose that made this nation so great. United we stand divided we fall.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  29. Stefano Feo

    In answer to your question: how does the health care ruling affect my opinion of the Supreme Court:
    About as much as your "Dewey beats Truman" reporting affects my opinion of CNN. Or, in other words, I'll still watch and love CNN, and I'll trust again the Supreme Court.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  30. Blake

    I really don't know what to think Jack. Chief Justice Roberts, appointed during a Republican administration, was the deciding vote as I thought he would be. But I was expecting him to strike down the mandate with the other Conservative Justices, being Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and with assistance from Justice Kennedy. President Obama was one of only 22 senators to vote down the conformation of the Chief Justice, so now I would hope all the major media commentators who called The Chief a political justice would back off. He obviously went contrary to his personal belief. Maybe it's to hard to believe that someone in the Federal Government separated his person and professional beliefs. I have always had a great deal of respect for the Chief and that has not changed. However, I think we can remove the Robert's Court from the 'Conservative' section of the history books.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  31. Agib

    Although I support most of the provision in the law, I am not a big fan of the inidvidual mandate per se. However, today's decision make me feel that the supreme court based its judgement independantly of the political spectrum or media influence/prediction. I am very surprise to see chief justice Robert joining the liberal on this

    June 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  32. Paul Austin Texas

    It sure looks like to me anyway they are doing their job the right way and in detail. The Republicans do not agree but they just do not want to do anything that means anything for real. I think the Supreme Court did not sway one side or the other and weighed the matter strickly by the law and that is their job.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  33. Ray E. (Georgia)

    A few minutes befor the "Ruling" was revealed I mused should I take Intellegence or Stupid. I took Stupid. I won. I agree with the Justice that said this Bill in it's entirety is Unconstutional. It is still Unconstutitional. Do I hold out any hope that the people will Vote this Monstraticy out in November. I think I will take "Stupid" again.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  34. Randy

    It sets in stone the fact that the government including the courts are nothing more than corporate street walkers. Behind the scenes Obama and boehner are giving each other high fives for the the fact that now they can force the American people to buy corporate products and call it a tax. And the kicker is they got the supreme court to say it's constitutional. Giddy democrats are cheering about how the courts have redeemed themselves while the republicans are feigning seething anger at the courts. You gotta give it up for them...they put on a helluva show.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  35. Charles, Lansing, Michigan

    It just showed that one justice couldn't be so political as to rule a law unconstitutional that obviously is constitutional. There are all kinds of precedent. I didn't want to go; to the Korean war but the law said I had to. I don't like to pay for the use of corn for gasoline instead of food but that is the law. I don't particularly care for seatbelts but that is the law. I don't like Canada dumping its garbage in Michigan but that is the law. It is called Stare Decisis but they didn't follow it in Citizens United.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  36. manning

    Jack, it will benefit everyone once everything is enforce, I know the GOP and the tea party will be against it for what ever reason, just goes to show Romney and GOP do not care for the poor OR middle class. The American insurance company are jumping are for joy because they will make Billions this is what the GOP favors is BIG business!

    June 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  37. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    The Supreme Court was in danger of striking out in public opinion.
    Strike 1 The Florida recount decision
    Strike 2 The United Citizens decision.
    The Courts leading hitter (Roberts) has hit a home run

    June 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  38. Gary - St. Petersburg, Florida

    At least the Supreme Court was able to make a decision without needing a sixty-percent super-majority which is more than we can say for the brats in congress who can't decide anything without one. Unfortunatly the oxymoron called the Affordable Care Act will only result in higher cost via premiums and higher taxes. The only winners will be the insuance providers, the lobbyist, and as always the lawyers.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  39. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    I'm left wondering if W is second-guessing his appointment of John Roberts, who just validated President Obama's signature legislative achievement, to the Supreme Court.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  40. Ed from California

    I was for it before..and I'm still for it now. Jack, we all have to pay our fair share for services. We really need is Medicare for all, that would solve a lot of problems and make premiums real affordable...as cheap as auto insurance. With a pool of 350million Americans paying in, what insurance company wouldn't turn down a hundred bucks or so for a monthly premium, for full coverage? Not one. I just hope someone is watching the chicken coop, and not just the fox!!

    June 28, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  41. Ralph Spyer

    This supreme court gave us George W Bush, next it gave corporations the go ahead to buy elections, If Obama would have been honest in the first place and called the health care mandate a tax we would have to count on Jonh Roberts next time we might not be so lucky.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  42. Tom (Atlanta)

    We're a nation based on laws, and they did a good job at interpreting the constitutionally of this one. Having said that the majority of other American still feel while it is deemed aleigned to our constitution it is flawed technically. This was the error of congress and the President, and it is apparent that the majority of the Justices recognized that. A Democracy does not always produce the most intelligent results. The good news is that the flaws can be fixed in time. Meanwhile we all pay for the mistakes of our congress. Geez. There is an old saying "poop happens". Yep.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  43. Richard Texas

    You know Jack when all this talk of healthcare reform was formulating I said that it was going to end up being called a tax. You can not possibly mandate that people do something without having some penalty if they don't comply. In this case you will be penalized with a tax. The government does not give anything away for free and someone must pay for those that can not afford to pay. You will either pay the money through higher insurance rates or you will pay the money through higher taxation. And to think Obama claimed he would not raise taxes on the middle class. Imagine that!!!!

    June 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  44. Neil Carter

    Hi Jack
    I'm a Canadian living in Canada, so the Supreme Court ruling is just great CNN coverage for me.
    My question: If a person refuses to pay for insurance and chooses to pay the required fine, does this fine go into a "slush fund", or does it go to buy that person a certain period of Health Care?

    June 28, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  45. Phyllis G Williams

    How does today's health care ruling affect your opinion of the Supreme Court?

    Bless their hearts. I was praying that they would give an honest result
    as my granddaughter is depending on her father's healthcare.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  46. Thinkforyourself, OK

    ROBERTS was either threatened by Obama's minions, or he is a blatant COWARD.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  47. Scott Clark

    Our goverment is pissing away our freedom of choice and the court says it's legal, Opion of them is less then my dogs crap i pick from my back yard. Affordable health Care, What is that 50% of my Income 60% 70% 80%? I can not afford to walk out my front door now. Lets all just hand over our incomes to the goverment and let them take care of us. This is the new America !!!! Our heros of freedom are rolling over in there graves in Arlington have we forgot what they have fought and died for ? Scott From San Angelo Texas ( Btw Texas it is time to Recede from the union).

    June 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  48. Pete the Indy

    Greatly improves my opinion of SOME Court members, especially Chief Justice Roberts. I am VERY impressed that he opted to support the Constitution instead of popular conservative ideology. My opinion of Thomas and Scalia has never changed – in my opinion they're a partisan disgrace and should never have been appointed to the Supreme Court.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  49. Richard Texas

    With this ruling the supreme court has given away our individual right to not have to pay for medical care we may not ever need. The last disastrous ruling on Citizens United by the supreme court took away our right to a fair democracy by allowing anyone with enough money to buy control of our democracy. America is heading down a very dangerous road with these justices.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  50. Lloyd, Penticton, Canada

    What are the incompetent congressional leaders of the Republican party drinking? McConnell, Boehner, Cantor apparently never care about the American people, everything is about then, individually. (Rep. Issa is another great example)
    Republicans are making democracy in the US a mockery.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  51. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    I hope Mitt Romney never again asks the Supreme Court to support his double standards.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  52. ken, atlantic city, nj

    The supreme court like congress are corporate hacks. The health care industry, drug industry, doctors, and hospitals just got 30 million more customers. Since most of the 30 million are high risk the rates for health insurance premiums will increase not decrease as was sold by obama. The mandate is a tax on lower and middle income people who no longer have the right not to purchase a product for which they cannot afford. This is another example of congress playing good cop bad cop. This bill is a multi trillion dollar bonanza for the drug industry and health insurance companies.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  53. Thom Richer

    I had just about given up on its usefulness, integrity and allegiance to the PEOPLE of this United States of America. Just when I was giving up any hope of justice for all was at an end, they go and do something noble and unselfish. Just when I was about to accept our government's inane governance as a way of life, they go and use common sense for the good of the people. Go figure.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    June 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  54. Ed from Texas

    After the Affordable Care Act was passed, most legal scholars agreed it was Constitutional. But with the right-wing bull horn and adverting against it more than eight times as for it, the conventional wisdom changed. I must admit that Chief Robert's vote surprised me. My opinion of Justice Scalia remains the same, however.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  55. bobz fr. pa

    since we have about 12 million illegals inthe usa how are they going to be covered in obama care is the tax payer going to foot the bill

    June 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  56. Michael Bindner

    I'm surprised that Justices Alito and Kennedy did not agree with the Solicitor General and the Chief Justice on taxing power. They usually travel in a pack. It looks like we have 4 liberals, 3 moderate conservatives and two radical conservatives. The ruling itself, however, was not surprising. The extra extension on the commerce clause was a bridge too far, but the taxing power ruling was expected by any who bothered to listen to the whole argument (which most of the media ignored).

    June 28, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  57. Phil B

    This ruling proves that the Supreme court is no longer a Constitutional Ruling body, but simply a political pawn for whichever side is able to insert their majority of justices (and yes, I left justices in lower case on purpose). It also proves there is little difference between the democrats and the republicans, since neither of them are effective at challenging obvious extremist appointments from becoming justices.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  58. Ann from Charleston SC

    Today's ruling does not affect my opinion of the Supreme Court one way or the other. The Court is made up of nine people who know a hell of a lot more about the constitution than I do. Their ruling is called opinion. Just opinion. Their opinion carries a lot more weight than mine, as well it should.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  59. Helen from Ga

    Well, the Court threw this bone to us on the left to make it look as though they cared about the law. However, we all know they are bought by the 1% just like all the politicians are bought. We have no democracy anymore; just big money buying everything in our country. If they really want to do something for the good of the country, they will do away with the mess they caused called Citizens United.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  60. Mike Morucci Ocala, FL

    As long as Alito and Thomas vote their personal bias against Obama, nothing this court says will have any validity.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  61. Tim - Arlington, TX

    Not really Jack. They have typically done a pretty good job upholding constitutionality.
    Look back at Flynt v Fallwell. Fair and Just.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  62. Lloyd, Penticton, Canada

    Incredible! Even though Scalia, Alito, and Thomas still voted politically rather than finding it appropriate legislation. Justice John Roberts did more for the United States today than any Republican ever has or will.
    What are the incompetent congressional leaders of the Republican party drinking? McConnell, Boehner, Cantor apparently never care about the American people, everything is about then, individually. (Rep. Issa is another great example)
    Republicans are making democracy in the US a mockery.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  63. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    It says volumes. This law is 100% constitutional because it was VOTED in. If we don't like it, we can repeal it. Move over insurance companies, you're not in charge anymore.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  64. Nancy from Pella, Iowa

    The Supreme Court Ruling on Affordable Health Care Act has restored some hope for the future of our country. Justice Roberts deserves the highest praise for placing truth above politics. This is why they have the position for life! Thank you Cheif Justice Roberts!

    June 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  65. Michael

    It renews my faith in them Jack.

    Michael Largo FL.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  66. Loren, Chicago

    The ruling doesn't change my opinion, but my opinion was not very good to begin with. They are sworn to uphold the Constitution, which means to me the philosophy of a balance of powers among the branches. The Health Care decision sways the balance to the legislature because the Court is saying that even if you make a mistake, not calling the mandate a tax, we will correct it for you. Even worse, Congress' ability to tax is limited in the Constitution as well, and the Court also says, regardless of what you choose to tax, we will allow you to do it. As the dissent points out, our government's powers are limited by the Constitution and the Supreme Court seems to be taking the tack that those limits no longer exist.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  67. Sue (Portland, OR)

    For the past few years, my out of pocket healthcare expenses have only been going up and NOT because I am more unwell. but probably because I have been paying for those without insurance as well. Will this reverse the healthcare costs?

    June 28, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  68. Joanne Puccinelli

    I want to say thank you to President Obama. He is a hero. I taught school for 40 years and saved for my later years, but on a teacher's wage my savings are dwindling fast. Health care is not just a privilege for the rich!! I have always worked and probably harder than many of the "silver spoon" elite. Go Obama and shame on the griping Republicans!!

    June 28, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  69. Dave R-Seattle

    It reaffirms my faith. When Scalia compared health insurance to brockley, I was starting to get worried.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  70. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    This ruling has given me hope that the SC is again functioning as it should and is not just a branch of the conservative Republican Party. After stopping the Florida voting count and awarding the 2000 election to George Bush over Al Gore and the passing of the unbelievable Citizen's United, I felt all hope of constitutional and honest deliberations by the SC was impossible. Now, there is hope for our country and the judicial process. It is vital that President Obama is re-elected and a reasonable jurist is appointed to the country should there be an opening. This county can not function with another far-right Republican jurist.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  71. Kevin in CA

    Chief Justice Roberts vote was self serving. His vote was all about maintaining the appearance of legitimacy for his court and his legacy. A purely party line, partisan vote on this would have tainted his court for the rest of it's existence.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  72. Annie, Atlanta

    Though I favor the rulinig since it's about time we are able to compete with the rest of the industralized world, the Supreme Court is basically worthless and has lost all my respect. There are justices on the Supreme Court who need to be impeached, personally. Meetings with the Koch brothers? Citizens United which threatens our very democracy with dirty money. Long gone are the days when this branch of the government was held in high esteem.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  73. Jenny Sills from Rome Georgia

    Well it is nice to know that SOMEONE in Washington can work in bipartisan fashion to accomplish something.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  74. calaurore9

    Yes. Roberts made the Supremes seem fair and balanced. Oops. Did I say that?

    Carol in NoHo, Ma

    June 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  75. Thomas

    The republicans once again are showing their stupidity. They say you can't force people to buy health insurance and fine them if they don't, but yet they already force people to buy auto insurance and set up roadblocks to check and see if you have insurance here in GA. If you don't have auto insurance you will be fined or have your license suspended.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  76. curtis in philadelphia

    Being a grandson of a former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice and having an Uncle who was once the dean of a very famous law school, this decision saved the SCOTUS reputation in my opinion. I honetly thought that partisan politics would prevail and the courts openly Republican operatives, (see Mrs. Thomas), like Scalia, Thomas and Alito would steal one for the red team. I have a new-found respect for Chief Justice Roberts, and he richly deserves the mantle of "Chief" Justice.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  77. Brian, San Diego

    It gives me a grain of hope that at least a few of the justices can manage to break out of their ideological stereotypes and do what's best for the country.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  78. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Just like in the 1960s, the Supremes are a hit again this week.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  79. John from Alabama

    Jack: President Obama has had to great days on Monday for immigration, and today when the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Heath Care Act. Justice Roberts did the right thing, because it was the right thing to do. Someone on the conservative court stopping dispensing justice for the Republicans, and viewed President Obama's heath care act has the responsible thing to hold each individual accountable for paying for health care. Wow!! what a noble idea. Plus there are provisions for those with no income to get assistance with their health care cost. States can vbote themselves out, unless they decide to succeed from the Union. I am happy, and proud that wee still do the big things in this country, and are not petty, money grabbing, so and so's...

    June 28, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  80. Larry from Kansas

    It's a reality check, Jack. Don't blink your eyes, you will go back to the gridlock, back biting, low as you can go statements to bring the other on down. This is the atmosphere in today's politics. Enjoy this breath of air that has been given to us by the nine justices. The fathers of the Constitution are smiling at us.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  81. Thinkforyourself, OK

    As a Tea Party supporter, I will become more energized than ever to organize against the Democrats in power.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  82. Mark in BC NV

    So much for LIBERTY! Revolution!!

    June 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  83. Sandstone

    "Change is coming. It's against the law to be so biased towards one group of people, over another!"

    June 28, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  84. KC

    No, why would it, It was a fair ruling, and obviously the 4 of the conservative judges were against it, while 4 liberal judges were for it. The main issues was this, would the supreme court really challenge federal power, when in history it has always sided with it? And that, in my opinion caused Justice Roberts to come over to allow the bill to stand.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  85. Janine - Nashville, TN

    I lost almost all respect for the Supreme Court in 2000. Today's decision has restored some of that.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  86. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    It was refreshing that one of the justices from the "Right" got it correct. Their job is to interpret the Constitution, not make law or decide what is good for the country or if we can afford it. Good for the Chief Justice and who knows, good for people who need help.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  87. Mr. D

    "Congressional power to tax." Something the government is extremely good at. Could we see a tax stamp uprising in the emerency room some day? Let's throw the ivs, pills and mri tests, etc overboard. I see that Roberts is campaigning hard for Romney.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  88. James - Alexandria, VA

    The healthcare ruling does not change my opinion of the Supreme Court because that will never change. They are worthless. But the ruling actually shows one thing.....it means the USA is closer to being part of the NAU. First, Canada has universal healthcare, now the USA and next Mexico. Jack, Don't you just love how the network you work at actually does not report on anything?

    June 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  89. Bob from Massachusetts

    Jack, I am a strong supporter of this decision but I have to say it somewhat muddles my opinion of the court. Yesterday my opinion of the court was low. Today it is a bit higher. I guess I still have respect for the court but not for some of its members. After Scalia's partisan tirade about the decision on the Arizona case I was convinced that the position of Supreme Court Justice had evolved from a highly respected, intelligent, fair, and honorable position to the standard "Political Hack Appointment".

    June 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  90. Ian R.

    I believe that the court really botched this one. To say that the government has the authority to mandate by way of taxation completely ignores the Commerce Clause under Article 1. By doing this, the Supreme Court has not only made it legal to mandate healthcare by taxing those who choose not to purchase a plan, but it also allows Congress to mandate other things through taxation, or, in the words of Justice Scalia put it, "you can make people buy broccoli." There is no telling now what Congress will make the people do now that they have the ok from the Supreme Court to mandate through taxation. If their track record proves true, our only hope is that it might take forever to happen.

    Ian- San Antonio, TX

    June 28, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  91. Larry in Houston

    How does today's health care ruling affect your opinion of the Supreme Court?
    I was shocked with Roberts decision, especially when he was "Dubya's" appointee. LOL

    MY Opinion ? (of the Supreme Court's decision) Well, let's put it this way Jack. To be Perfectly Honest – I don't think it should have went to the Supreme Court in the First Place. WHY ? Because when Obama was elected, with the democratic House & the democratic Senate, they were ELECTED, IN OTHER WORDS, THEY WERE VOTED IN, by the PEOPLE WHO VOTED, so why should it EVER went to the Supreme Court in the first Place ??? The Health Care Was PASSED, PERIOD. No matter what the good 'ol boy "Mitch" blurted, on that microphone, (after the Supreme Court said that the Law would stand) (of course, you're going to get a "republican" response) no matter what the Dems do)
    2nd – Supreme Court decides on – What ? Bush winning re-election ?? Bush Did Not Win – It Was Decided by the Supreme Court) ( Even when GORE got several hundred more actual VOTES ) ???

    3rd – The state of Wisconsin – Similiar Situation – Why do they want a RE-CALL ??? For What ? The PEOPLE VOTED for That Republican, so that's what they have to PUT UP WITH, til they Vote Again, in other words, in another 4 years, they can vote him IN, or OUT. That "re-call" thing is a bunch of B.S. in my opinion. It opens up a can of worms. What would happen IF the Health Care act would have been struck Down by the supreme court ? Huh ? I can tell you what would happen – – the same thing that happened in Wisconsin – You will see the word " RE-CALL" a lot in the next several months, I suspect. What happens IF Romney Loses ? or Obama Loses ? or Vice Versa ? Are the Voters in this country going to complain to the point that we need a Re-Call ? because Obama won, or lost ?? Huh ?
    Bottom Line, is the Supreme Court should NOT decide in what the Voters has already Voted On. Frankly, I think the Health Care Bill has some flaws in it, but as time goes BY, they can take parts out of it, that is Not Good, and "Improvise" on it, as time goes by. And do away with the "detrimental" things that is in Obamacare, eventually.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  92. Gail, Plano TX.

    Today's decision by the SCOTUS proved that our system of checks & balances works!

    And Bravo, Mr. President!

    June 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  93. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    I'm not willing to let them off the hook just because they did one thing right. We are still suffering the consequences of 8 years of a horrific and devastating Bush presidency, and the Citizens United ruling has instantly corrupted the very democracy they pretend to defend. History will no doubt show that those two decisions were the catalyst that brought down the what was once the greatest nation on earth. Todays ruling was the right thing to do, but it can't overcome the damage they have already done.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  94. Ted

    Today you saw what a LIBERAL judge will never do.....do what the law says and not what his party says...Justice Roberts has guts. He is the only good apple on the tree.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  95. Leta

    Thanks to Justice John Roberts! Setting aside his political stripe and guided by his conscience, he is concern
    about the millions of struggling Americans. Having to pay as tax or not on health coverage is a responsibility of
    each and every American – not a freebie and definitely ensure PEACE OF MIND.
    I cannot understand why USA, one of the richest country in the world cannot provide health care to all Americans.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  96. Joseph

    Once again a time to be proud of the USA. The Supreme Court acted with honor. Hats off to Justice Roberts for doing the right thing! A victory for the middle class!

    June 28, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  97. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    If it weren't for the dog fight between the Dems & Reps, there would have been no need for the Supreme Court to get involved. When you push a situation the point of sending it to the Supreme Court to come up with an answer, it then becomes a coin toss. The Supreme Court in this instance did the job they were appointed to do. Don't start bad-mouthing them because you don't like the answer. Next time, for once, figure it out between yourselves (Dems & Reps) and do the job YOU were elected to do.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  98. William

    Jack I agree,  despite your personal view on 'obamacare', one has to have restored faith that impartiality has a chance of existence in the Supreme Court. In a time where it seems that no one has the ability or guts to deviate from their partisan dogmas, Chief Justice John Roberts proves the Supreme Court has the potential to decide irregardless of politics. Let this be a lesson to all of the Justices.

    William, NJ

    June 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  99. Boomer in Mo

    I've had little to no respect for the Supreme Court since Congress politicized the appointees starting with Robert Bork. All we are getting appointed, regardless of who is president, are whatever political hacks the majority holding the Senate at the time can agree on.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  100. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    It shows me that John Roberts is more invested in cementing HIS legacy than he is in ruining President Obama's.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  101. Alex

    Jack I am confused. Maybe you can help me understand this. I don't get it if Supreme Court ruled that it is a tax, doesn't it mean they can't rule on it until the tax takes effect? Wasn't that the original argument? So the law in its entirety should stand until 2014? At which they would look at the argument again and rule what they ruled today, however the consistency of the Supreme Court could change in 2 years to either more liberal/more conservative judges.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  102. AB

    Today's Supreme Court ruling was reasonable and fair and I respect the court. Sometimes I disagreed with the Supreme Court's ruling on some issues such as corporations being treated as people and thus, having free speech rights to contribute obscenely large sums of money to political campaigns I also disagreed with the high court on the matter of eminent domain in which the state can condemn private properities and give them to private development companies.. Despite my disagreement with these rulings, I respect the Supreme Court as an institution of law and the constitution and always will.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  103. Sherri

    I sat and cried !! Assurant Health canceled my policy 4 years ago after authorizing a surgery, they then denied payment, and canceled me. I have not been able to get anyone to insure me since do to if one cancels you then nobody else wants you. I have a young Daugher and I am a single Mom. I need insurance, and I am willing to pay for it. Just somebody insure me. OBAMA IS A ROCKSTAR !

    June 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  104. John

    The ruling is wrong because it allows the implementation of one of the m ost divisive poliicies in recent history at a time the country already is heavily divided. By saying the Obamacare insurance mandate is a tax and therefore constitutional the court now allows his opponents to rightfully say President Obama has pushed through the largest new tax in history. The good side is that the decision likely will energize Republicans and independents more than ever to defeat President Obama in the fall and elect a Repuiblican Senate.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  105. Marv Peck

    Today's Supreme Court decision has become to restore my confidence in the Court. They've got a long way to go after some of their more recent decisions but at least some of the Justices are beginning to see the light. Will someone please bring forward another case to reverse that stupid campaign contributions ruling!

    June 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  106. Greg Rockford, IL

    The Supreme Court (particularly Justice Roberts) did their job in this case, which is to say that just because they didn't like a piece of legislation they did not find a reason to strike it down. The Court said it is up to the people in a representative democracy to strike it down. I commend Justice Roberts for his intellectual honesty.

    Or maybe he was just making up to Obama for screwing up his swearing in ceremony.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  107. Karen, Idaho

    Today's ruling was an attempt by the Supreme Court to change public opinion of its image– a pawn of the Republican right–because of their recent partisan opinions. It was not an honest acceptance of the health care plan. They left so many loopholes and abilities for the states to "opt out" that the health care plan has very little chance of success for the average American who needs help.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  108. A Different View

    I can’t wait until Romney becomes President and repeals all this health care mess. Point #1 – obtaining health care or purchasing insurance for medical care, is not a right, it is a privilege which comes from working hard, making a living and buying those things that you desire. Point #2 – it is not the government’s responsibility to provide health care or insurance to anyone. If people want to obtain medical treatment, let them pay for it or maintain insurance to cover it. Here’s a novel idea....how about going out and getting job to pay for it rather than sit back and expect the government to hand it to you. One of the biggest mistakes the government ever made was to mandate medical care to people regardless of their ability to pay. If we just stopped providing care to these free loaders our medical costs and insurance premiums would drop like a rock. Mitt, please save us from these liberals!!!

    June 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  109. Chris Whitfield

    The Supreme Court is there for a reason. The American way. Let the court do its job and rule on issues. Win or lose, accept the decisions. I like the decision. The US need healthcare reform. This is good for the US.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  110. Joe

    Justice Roberts' opinion was clear and informative. He outlined the court's view and rationale in a way a layman like myself can understand. The fact that I think they got it wrong is immaterial. They did the job they were hired to do, putting them a step ahead of the House and Senate.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  111. bks

    For a healthy nation its people have to be healthy . I think the supreme court decision was the right one . I wonder what other four justices were thinking when they voted against it. It means that they want millions to go without health insurance. No feeling for the poor. We are suppose to be the best in the world. I think if justices go with their political views then they should not be there in first place.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  112. Dan

    It was pleasantly surprising. I think everyone, including the president, expected a partisan decision, not such an analytical one. The court clearly understands that its responsibilities transcend politics. Between this and the Citizens United ruling, it's clear that the rulings of the Roberts court may be quite unpredictable.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  113. Karl in Flint, MI

    It actually improved my opinion a bit. Surprisingly, Roberts did what was right but Kennedy didn't. No surprises with Scalia who is getting weirder by the day and Thomas who votes the way his lobbyist wife tells him.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  114. Robert - Leesburg

    Shock/Awe mabye this is payback for giving Bush the election

    June 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  115. fidgetwidget

    In answer to your question: SCOTUS finally got it right.

    Fredericksburg, VA

    June 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  116. Gerald Malovos

    Finally, some one (Chief Justice John Roberts), has broken the ice and voted on principle rather that partisanship!!!
    This is precisely the attitude that we all must take to see our nation flourish again.

    Gerald Malovos
    Santa Barbara, CA

    June 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  117. Mark

    My feeling is that all the justices, except for Chief Justice Roberts, already knew how they would vote BEFORE this case was presented to them. Hats off to Roberts who appears to have taken his responsibility seriously in this case. Am I pleased with the decision? Yes. Does this ruling strengthen my faith in the court? No. I still see it as highly politicized, and I just hope that we don't have to count on them to decide many cases of this magnitude. Maybe we should consider limited terms for Supreme Court justices.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  118. Ron Wetherington

    This was the right decision. The extensive opinion by Roberts supporting the individual mandate on tax grounds vs. commerce grounds was absolutely thorough and brilliant! Ginsberg's continued insistence on a Commerce law precedent was quite weak. The flip-flop of Roberts and Kennedy ought to quiet those who distrust the court as political. The partial defeat of the Medicaid extension was correct: the government can refuse the extra funding to states who refuse the extension, but withholding ALL federal funds would have been too draconian! I applaud the court!

    June 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  119. Paula from Buffalo, NY

    The supreme court ruling has actually restored my faith in what has seemingly been a gaming of the justice system by the executive branch for years. It's about time the supreme court justices acted like a judge instead of a puppet controlled by the party puppetmaster. Bully for any justice who finally acts like one.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  120. Dan Owens

    My opinion of the Supreme Court has been lowered. Just four years ago I took part in a collegiate debate defending the United States justice system and held the view that in the end we must trust their decisions. As of today, I no longer believe this truth and feel they used a back door trick to make this law Constitutional. I am also deeply disappointed in Chief Justice Roberts. It's a sad day for those who trust in the Supreme Court to uphold that which has been entrusted them.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  121. Anthony D. Jones

    The high courts decision most notably help to shape the understanding of what Obamacare is and is not. The conservative side asserts it is a tax increase, where as the liberal side hails it as justice for all. Personally, I believe the time leading up to the election needs to reflect on what the president stated some two years ago. He asserted that the law may not be perfect, but thats not a reason to repeal it – it is an opportunity to perfect it for all. People seem to forget that conservatives killed alot of what they are complaining about now. Get to work guys make what we have work better!!!!!

    June 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  122. MollyBee

    The winners today, whether each person recognizes it or not, are the citizens of America who should be proud of the fact that we have a President who was courageous enough to tackle the health care crisis and a country who remains resolved in our commitment to our most vulnerable. No one lucky enough to be able to afford health care should begrudge the same to those less fortunate. When the scale tips in the other direction is when we will no longer be the greatest nation on earth.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  123. Mike Campbell

    Manvel Texas
    I think we were sold out. My belief is that obamacare is unconstitutional in that it requires everyone to buy government provided health care. The requirement in itself is unconstitutional. Then there are the people (illegal aliens) who will not get it and still get healthcare at our expense. It IS JUST WRONG WRONG WRONG!!!

    June 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  124. Tuli from Ewa Beach HI

    I commend Chief Justice Roberts on making a difficult, but CORRECT decision on the healthcare ruling. It was a brave and courageous vote. It gives me hope that Washington can function outside of the bitter partisanship. Fortunately I live in a great state that has rules in place for healthcare, so the changes are not so drastic.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  125. Caroline Brooks

    I just can't understand how this stuff keeps getting shoved down our throats....I am very frightened at the direction this country is heading. Soon the government is going to have camera's in everyone's homes

    June 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  126. Patrick

    I have a good job and insurance. I have two housemates who are hard working but currently unemployed individuals. . This "mandate" is the government telling my housemates that they MUST purchase health care that they cannot afford, due to them being out of work.

    " But wait!" You might say. Obama has made sure that those who cannot afford healthcare will have tax credits, rebates, or whatever to compensate.

    Guess where those tax rebates or credits or whatever come from. The pockets of those who work.

    This is a TAX on the already overburdened and shrinking middle class, plain and simple.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  127. Rick Baucom

    In re mandated purchase of healthcare:
    Instead of buying that carton of cigarettes each week, deposit that money in an insurance savings account in your local credit union.
    OBTW, by quitting smoking your health WILL get much, much better.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  128. Joc

    The supreme court has just decided that the federal government has the right to coerce and tax us into any behavior that those elitists in power decide for us. The spirit of the constitution was killed today, regardless of what you think about the health care law. By the way, Cafferty, the court did not hand Bush the scepter, they merely kept Gore from stealing it.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  129. maggie elkins

    Today, Chief Justice John Roberts demonstrated his loyalty to the Constitution and had his defining and Earl Warren moment!!! Thank you, Mr Chief Justice in facilitating health care for those in need.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  130. john Kane

    It doesn't change my view. The SCOTUS is still in disarray and the current effluviations of personal attacks, political views and lack of restraint remain the same. Wouldn't it be nice to respect the justices for their scholarship? I don't.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  131. George Waas

    Chief Justice Roberts had to know that a 5-4 decision for the conservatives would subject the Court to further decline as an institution. He was faithful to the institution and now it's time to move on. Romney won't get any mileage out of this because the Court upheld his plan, including his earlier support for the mandate. The more he tries to exploit, the more it looks like he's pandering to the right wing. He knows he can't repeal the law; only Congress can do that.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  132. Stephan H

    I feel that these nine justices are thinking more about the people than the politics of it all, and Jack that gives me hope for us all, at least until the republican cronies in congress undo everything so they can cater to big business and the rich over what is best for the rest of us. stay tuned we have not heard the last of this mess.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  133. andy Lynn, MA

    Maybe, just maybe, the Supreme Court is not the Neo-Con rubber stamp organization I thought it is. Maybe democracy will survive. We can only hope.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  134. Pepinium

    Basically Jack, it restored my faith in the American system of Justice. I am one of those who had come to believe that even that sacred institution had lost the ability to act beyond politics, now here comes Chief Justice Roberts acting against the prevailing view of the conservatives who fought so hard to put him in that Court. Though obviously I see this decision as a victory for the American people, it will also deter me from judging future ones as purely political. I encourage other liberals like me to do likewise and not be so quick to dismiss future court opinions as politically motivated.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  135. Conrad

    If you thought John Roberts was a conservative–think again! He has clearly legislated from the bench! I say IMPEACH HIM!

    June 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  136. Susan from Texas

    I have a more favorable opinion of the Court now with this decision, because in the past you could always bet how things were going to go; the 3 conservative justices will always vote for their side no matter what. I think someone ought to look into the political speaking engagements and associations of Thomas, Alito, and Scalia. They are not impartial. Just read Jeffrey Toobins book, The Nine, to get an idea of what's going on behind the red curtain.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm |

    Happy to hear we have joined other countries that look after those who need help with insurance for care.
    Too bad Mr. Romney only looks after those who can make it on their own, my guess is he does not stand
    for all Americans.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  138. wolfpackbob

    "Chief Justice John Roberts, a George W. Bush appointee, broke with the conservatives and sided with the court's liberal justices in favor of Obamacare and the individual mandate. In a way it was curiously refreshing,...." What would really be refreshing is if the liberal bloc would ever vote out of lock-step with each other.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  139. Connie in Tennessee

    I think they just kicked the can down the road. I'm glad to see that they didn't overturn the bill but they have made it impossible to enforce.
    Connie in Tn.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  140. Dick Timmons,Rhinelander,WI

    I ws pleased with today's decision.....for seeing our country finally moving into the 21st Century. The largest industrialized country in the world and with the most costly and inefficient helath care system and now everyone can be covered. We have to have car insurace. Can't get a mortgage without liability and home insurance so why shouldn't we all have access to decent health care at an affordable cost and eliminate non insurerd tying up ER operations with all the prohibitive costs associated with that because they have no place else to go? Hooray for SC OTUS!
    Dick Timmons, Rhinelander,WI

    June 28, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  141. Tim from Toledo

    The "high court" just got Mitt Romney elected. Good for them!

    June 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  142. MC in TX

    Words can't express how happy this makes me. Among other things, my wife's job (she sniffs out billing mistakes/fraud in Medicare) was largely created by this law. Apart from that, though, this law represents an attempt by the government to actual solve a major problem that has been crippling our nation and increasingly rendering us non-competitive. It's certainly not perfect but it is a dramatic improvement.

    All that aside, the fact that Roberts chose to honor his commitments and not play politics substantially restores my faith in the SCOTUS and makes me feel just a little better about the government. It makes me think that just possibly the dysfunction we are facing can actually be overcome before it ruins us.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  143. Les Davidson

    Joy for conservatives, we got judicial restraint!!!
    Now we have a choice, stick with Obamacare or switch to Romneycare whatever that is this week.
    Suggestion to Republicans, instead of repeal, why don't we keep the good stuff and change the bits we don't like or does that make too much sense?

    June 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  144. hope

    This decision brings me to respect Justice Roberts and see him in a different light. He is a Justice first and conservative second. While this may not be the best we can get in health care, it is a starting point. What bother me, Romey who i the father of Romneycare which saved many lives, 1st thing out of the box says I am going to repeal Obamacare. Not certain parts, not open to discussion, but to wipe the slate clean...and replace it with what....no he doesn't say that either.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  145. Chuck

    It restores a little of my faith since since the decision wasn't completely along party lines. Howewver it was still pretty close to being partisan except for Justice Roberts. The job is to determine constitutionality, not whether a law fits your personal philosophy. Rochester, MN

    June 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  146. Kate

    The Supreme Court did the right thing in their ruling today. There is no good reason that we cannot somehow make health coverage available and affordable for all Americans. Throughout our history, there have been many initiatives that the naysayers at the time threatened would ruin our country, but time and time again they have been proven wrong. Yes, we have certainly had to make modifications and improvements along the way, but we have always somehow been able to make it work.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  147. Robert Britt

    I was pleased when I heard the decision and amazed when I heard that Justice Roberts sided with the "liberal" side of the bench. It does restore my faith in the court, to a degree. I had been unemployed for an extended period with no health insurance for a time. The lack of insurance made me really nervous. With perseverence I have gotten a new job and will soon have insurance as will my wife and two of my "young adult" children. Thanks to President Obama my children will have coverage.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  148. Mark

    Love it or hate it, it's now the law of the land. Live with it and move on. At least we have a Chief Justice that understands his true relevance to the judicial process and can leave his perceived political views outside the court where they belong. Let's hope the days of Sandra Day O'Connor and her alleged remark regarding being 'damned if I put a Democrat in the White House' are behind us.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  149. victor

    My opinion that many of the conservative justices decide by their political views and use judicial arguments as ratinale has not changed. My opinion of Roberts has however. The law is so clearly constitional that to vote it not would be a clear insult to the concept of Law. I think he felt that regardless of his feelings about Obamacare, he could not "go there" as Chief Justice.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  150. Katy

    I was pleasantly surprised that Chief Justice Roberts chose to make his decision based on legality rather than politics. It's refreshing to know that at least some of our Supreme Court Justices still have enough respect for the constitution to make fair, just, unbiased rulings. America, there's hope for us yet.

    Los Angeles, CA

    June 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  151. David in Raleigh, NC

    Justice Roberts is a RINO who sold out to Obama and the Democrats.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  152. Tom Avedisian

    That's our system and what the founding fathers created, like it or not.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  153. Deb in MT

    I agree with you, Jack, that CJ Robert's siding with the moderates/liberals on the court was a refreshing change from his rubber stamping of the Right Wing agenda in past decisions: perhaps this is why "Fat Tony" Scalia was ranting so hard the other day. Will wonders ever cease?

    Today I feel a tiny bit better about SCOTUS. ( Just a tiny bit–as a Montanan who deeply resents the whole Citizen's United ruling and the way the court refused to even look at our 100 year old state law against such spending , I'm still wishing the SCOTUS majority would be more consistent when they apply that whole 'state's rights/state sovereignty' thing.)

    June 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  154. Bill - dallas, TX

    As one who has been jaded by the history of political philosophies driving Justice's decisions over the years, I must admit that John Roberts has broken that string and appears to have been guided by the legal , rather than political, merits of the case. I hope that this resonates apprpriately with the liberals as well as conservatives and opens the door for more unbiased opinions, no matter how unpopular.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  155. Torgo from Portland

    As with all things, anyone who disagrees with me is obviously just doing it for some ill motive. Therefore, about half of the justices are brilliant legal minds who understand the world and the law perfectly, and the other half are terrible people who will pursue personal and partisan political gain at any cost. Obviously.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  156. DC from NJ

    No decision by the SCOTUS could negate my disgust with the Citizens United verdict, but this comes close! We need to reelect Obama so that Romney doesn't have an opportunity to stack the court and take us backwards again.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  157. Sandra from Texas

    Today, just for a brief moment, I thought I caught a glimpse of true democracy at work. Amid the partisan posturing and divisive bull, we were given a taste of what our founding fathers probably envisioned. It was like a breath of fresh air. Now, if we could just revisit that Citizens United ruling.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  158. carrotroot

    Hi Jack, I am pleased with how the court handled the rulings on SB1070 and ACA, after reading the arguments I thought they were very fair in how they interpreted the law to those cases.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  159. kowalskiandassociates

    The court's opinion of today enhances the legacy of the Chief Jusstice. He pointedly said that it isn't the province of the court to pass on the merits of public policy reflected in duly enacted legislation. He took the court out of the political debate.

    Roberts also did not say that the ACA was a tax, in spite of what all of your pundits and the GOP says. What he said is that the language of the Constitution which grants the federal government to tax also enables the government to pass this scheme.

    And, yes, according to Robetts and the court, Congress can now pass a law mandating every American to eat broccoli or pay a tax if they don't. If you don't like that, amend the Constitution.

    Lawrence NY

    June 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  160. Susan from Ca

    Folks that don't shoot from the hip. Go team go.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  161. The OM

    I too view the decision as a non-political breath of fresh air. Change is difficult. We know how the current system works (and doesn't). This is new and has a potential for being a good thing. But I fully expect that political influence will manage to turn it into a mess with many unintended consequences before it is all said and done.

    Bob from North Kingstown, RI

    June 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  162. vineyardequip

    I cannot understand how a penalty for not purchasing something such as insurance is considered a tax. It's would be helpful if someone could give me some examples of this type of taxing happening outside of the realm of health insurance.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  163. Dan

    For the reasons you mentioned I have become increasingly disenchanted with the Court over the past decade. I was searching for a new word to call it as I felt it had lost the right to be deemed a "court." But today's ruling gives me hope that the law, rather than politics, will play the decisive role that it should.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  164. Robert Britt

    I was pleased to hear the result of the decision and amazed to see Justice Roberts siding with the "liberal" side of the bench. I was unemployed for over a year, but have recently sucured a position. thanks to this health care legislation my two younger children (aged 19 and 20) are eligible to be on my policy.
    Rob Britt, Charleston, SC

    June 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  165. classlass

    Just another 130 days till this nightmare is over. All who love the new "tax" should love the one that will be put on Obama's solar companies that are going bankrupt. It of course will be for "your own god".

    June 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  166. Pam from Texas

    SHOCKED!! After Citizens United I didn't hold out much hope. Now I've got to believe that people will hear the good things concerning it instead of the lies. I'm not saying it doesn't need work but there is now something to work with. Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid still needs tweaking. The whole thing began as a Republican idea years ago but has been conveniently forgotten.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  167. You are now an ant

    The Bottom line is you vote what you voted for. We voted for a Pelosi / Reed Congress and Obama as President so we voted in those that support a centralized government that mandates and oversees every aspect of your life. As well as one that believes in a one party system where the President can usurp Congress through executive order and can "selectively" apply the law. The Supreme court can only judge legality against the Constitution, not judge the value of the laws actions.

    Frankly, entrepreneurship and the American Dream got that much harder. You are a worker under Obama. You will never go past that. An ant for the system and Political elites now rule you and will live the good life for you. After all.. they know better.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  168. John from western North Carolina

    Finally this is over, and now the U.S. can move into the 21st century.

    By the way, is there someway we can get Clarence Thomas to refund us his salary? He hasn't done squat, except what Scalia tells him to do.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  169. Rajiv Shaw

    They were absolutely right. This covers millions of citizens who were falling through the cracks. What is surprising is that the majority ( 5-4) was so small. Shame on SCOTUS!

    June 28, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  170. hmcidc

    You have to respect the decisions of the Supreme Court. While I don’t agree with it I do respect it. What concerns me more is how this law came to pass in the first place. We were out and out lied to by the president and the rest of the liarcrats. Not to mention the late night closed door back room deals and then a democratic controlled house and senate crammed it down our throats (funny however that they never got around to a budget) Bottom line is that they are ALL liars and will do and say anything that advances their agenda and gets them reelected. We need to end this and the only solution is term limits. Maybe then politicians will make decisions for the American people and not what they feel will get them reelected…

    June 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  171. John Henson


    People must keep in mind the Court did not rule on the legislation. It ruled on the constitutionality of the legislation. The decision itself said the judgment of whether the legislation is good, or not, lies with the people. I applaud the Chief Justice for doing what he believed was right.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  172. spynnal

    AJ from Pgh

    Until Citizens United is reversed, the Court will remain unpopular with the masses. But Roberts did do a lot to restore some faith in SCOTUS today. His ruling was based on his interpretation of the constitution, and the law, rather than following party ideology. I have nothing but praise for Roberts today, and he did much to restore my faith in SCOTUS. The other judges should take notes (hear that Clarence?)

    June 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  173. Redclay

    It's about time we showed the rest of the civilized world that we are truly civilized by taking care of our own. Thank you Supreme Court for doing what's right for once instead of caving into corporate greed as my old political party, the Republicans, have done. They are called the party of "mean" for nothing who base their meanness on unsubstantiated facts and made up lies.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  174. just wondering

    It's a victory for the american people and government, finally something is being done about the outrageous action's being done by Insurance company's and the spiraling cost of government health cost's . The Milk cow done dried up....

    June 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  175. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The ruling by the Supreme Court clearly showed the Justices read the laws and not the lips of politicians, something we could all learn.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  176. Cortez Hopkins

    Two words: Thank God

    June 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  177. us_1776

    Perfect decision.

    Every western nation except the U.S. has a system that provides healthcare to all its citizens.

    Finally, the U.S. can catch up with the rest of the civilized world.


    June 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  178. Tom of California

    So. It is against the law to mandate insurance. But it is not against the law to tax those with out insurance. Basiclly, we are just itemizing insurance.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  179. the_dude

    The best supreme court money can buy. Do the judges get their gifts of money and vacation homes donated directly to them or do these things go through a 3rd party like some shell company to appear legit? Do the insurance comapnies payoff the judges directly or do the bribes come from the obaba campaign?

    June 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  180. Crystal

    So, this ruling has made it possible for ANYONE selling ANYTHING to get the government to force EVERYONE to buy it! If I sell beans, the government decides everyone should eat more beans to keep us healthier. They pass a mandate. If you don't buy enough beans every month they can now add a TAX to your income! Supreme court just screwed us all....again! Epic Fail!

    June 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  181. Not_Lqqking

    I'm not ready to have a parade for them, after all even a broken clock is correct twice a day. So they finally got one right, it's what they're supposed to do. Lay politics aside and rule on the validity of the law.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  182. cliff

    Frankly I like it Caffy. First off it isn't a tax in the traditional sense and a lot of Americans need to know this. It's more a 1 time penalty and it's not even a penalty most Americans will ever even have to pay because most Americans already HAVE insurance. The Penalty applies to those without and if you can't afford insurance? You won't be paying the penalty. You'll recieve a credit. Yes middle class people will pay a penalty but it is far less than those who make over 250k a year. And again, it is important to note that it is a 1 time penalty or tax.

    Look all Americans are required to have Auto insurance or get shots before entering into school. To have to pay a 1 time penalty to have to get insurance that you already should have anyway, doesn't seem a big deal to me. There are tremendous benefits to Universal Healthcare. So I think the Judgement was a good one, though a little odd. It's not really a tax so why they chose that provision to use in order to uphold it is...odd. Still, I never saw anything unconstitutional and Justice Roberts when he was up for Supreme Court in the Bush years, promised a Court that would Judge on the strict rule of Law and not be political. I suspect that is why he chose to oversee this ruling. I suspect he being Chief Justice wanted to send a clear message that his Courtroom is above partisan politics and that while partisan politics can't be controlled in Congress? Justice Roberts CAN and will keep it out of his Court.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  183. Renee, Illinois

    It doesn't affect my opinion of the Supreme Court per se, but of Justice Roberts. He's reaffirmed that he can be a moderate, independent voice on the court, something that has been sorely lacking in some of the Supreme Court's more recent rulings. As for the ruling itself, I still don't know how I feel because I don't yet know how much the healthcare act is going to cost me. I'm one of those poor people who doesn't have health insurance because I can't afford it. I was kind of hoping they would at least rule against the individual mandate.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  184. OBG

    I believe that each Justice make a decision based on their own judgement, based on the constitution and the case before the court. That's all we can ask of them.

    I believe that today's decision means that our government has the power to force us to do anything, and tax us at the same time.

    If you like the healthcare law you're happy now. If the government decides we should all drive smart cars or eat brocolli and taxes us if we don't will you be happy then?

    OBG in Maryland

    June 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  185. MDSG7

    Through political machinations, The Supreme Court has turned into a majority bench of ideologues who ignore the Constitution, and make rulings of their own precedent. In one week, we have seen our highest court ignore the rights of the states to decide how to secure their own integrity, and the rights of the people to be free to decide the best way to take care of their own health. Never before has every man, woman, and child been required to purchase a private product in this country. The SCOTUS has stepped over the line and has effectively gone rogue, and our country is in deep, deep trouble. It is a sad day to be an American.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  186. bc in LA

    Chief Justice Roberts seems like the only justice to be able to put politics aside.... the rest not so much.

    I wonder how many people that support it or are against it really know what ObamaCare entails or are they just rooting for their team?

    June 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  187. Carol

    It's about time. This Supreme Court decision is a beginning for our country.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  188. Harry Butcher - Baltimore, MD

    Hooray! The Affordable Health Care Law Has Been Upheld By The U.S. Supreme Court. This is a great victory for ALL Americans – Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and All Others! Congratulations AMERICA!!! :-))

    June 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  189. just wondering

    Obama is a constitutional law expert, his opponent's. "Just bought and paid for by big business" at our expense...

    June 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  190. Mike T. in Boston

    It doesn't dramatically change my opinion–the court was split 5-4, after all–but it's certainly encouraging to see that Justice Roberts made the decision to break ranks. It's nice to see a conservative who actually reads the Constitution the teapartiers all scream about.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  191. Bubba10

    Romney's first day in office, he will rip insurance away from children and make it OK for insurance companies to deny you coverage if you have ever been sick. His first day, his first act.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  192. Tom of California

    I do not like the fact, however, that my tax money (I do not plan on buy from those fat cat insurance companies...but I will invest in their stock) will be use for abortions and those people who are to stupid to wear condoms.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  193. Osilama Abu from Ontario,Canada

    Jack, This was a brilliant move and absolutely the right thing to do.The focus now ,should be how to continously improve the health care system,rather than having nothing in place.Kudos to Justice Roberts for being principled and doing what is right rather than political.
    The Republicans have lost againin their support for the 1%.In the past the rich showed compassion and helped the less fortunate,now the rich has become so greedy and want to take even want the anticipate the poor will have.These are the ingrates the Republican party/tea party and Rush Limburgh represent.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  194. Larry Fuller

    Wake Forest, NC. As a recent retiree, I've been very concerned about health insurance coverage for my wife once COBRA expires. She had a stroke six years ago, and despite her being in the best of health since having the problem that caused the stroke corrected, she's been denied health insurance by every major carrier in the state because the stroke is a "pre-existing condition". I also have a 24 y/o daughter who I gratefuIly had been able to cover under my group insurance when I was employed, as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Like many people her age, she'd rather not purchase health insurance and simply "take her chances". Now she'll be encouraged to buy into a health care plan and not run the risk of financial ruin from an accident, unanticipated serious illness, or medical complications resulting from not seeking timely treatment or utilizing preventative care. To me, the SCOTUS ruling is a double victory for my family. Thank you Mr. President and Chief Justice Roberts.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  195. chuck

    Republicans are the party of the currently wealthy people. The wealthy contribute little to our society and want to take it all. It's funny how taxes on the wealthy have fallen to historic lows yet middle class wealth has not increased. It's funny how addicts like rush and beck blame 'the libs' for the housing crisis and scream for deregulation when most of the houses foreclosed on where purchased by middle to wealthy americans who took advantage of deregulation. Its funny how republicans want(demand) wars to kill others yet hate health care for their fellow citizens. We are the only 'civilized' nation without health care–it's nice to be civilized again.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  196. Kim Bahnsen

    I would love to believe this means Justice Roberts puts the law before politics but the cynic in me thinks he was capable and willing to strike down parts of it. In this case the four other conservative were too extreme for him. Wish that had me feeling more comfortable about the future. With his majority vote on allowing corporations unlimited financing in political campaigns, Roberts has shown that 99.99% of the time he is quite willing to let politics affect his rulings.

    Charles City, IA

    June 28, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  197. Ron

    Jack, Justice Roberts has restored my faith in the supreme court. Scalia/Kenedy/and Alito should be congressman, they deserve about that much respect...God Bless America for a sound decision in favor of the public for once...

    June 28, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  198. Mark Walker


    In a nut shell, despite all the rhertoric about the commerce clause or whether it a measure that belongs in the US Tax code, as outlined by Justice Roberts, this really came down toone thing: I quote the famous line from Spock to Captain Kirk from the Star trek Movies. Simpey said: " The needs of the MANY must outweigh the needs of the one or the few".....Not sure how it will play out in the future, But the Court wanted to give it shot in mainstream socioty...which was the right thing to do...regardless of your politics

    June 28, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  199. Dan from New York

    Hi Jack,
    I feel slightly better about the Supreme Court. However, I believe it was still politically motivated. A vote striking down Healthcare Reform would have galvanized the huge block of voters against the Republicans and Romney... and they knew it. This way, they galvanized their own supporters and it's conveniently off the table for Romney to have to act upon it unless Congress votes to rescind it if he's elected. And if Romney is elected watch how quickly the Repubs come up with a "compromise" or can't find the votes to rescind. They know they could have a problem rescinding as support grows as people begin to understand the benefits of Healthcare Reform

    June 28, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  200. Valerie in Raleigh

    Today the United States of America caught up with every other industrialized nation and provided their citizens with universal healthcare. Amen....

    June 28, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  201. VLXrider

    I think that Chief Justice Roberts has shown himself to be a thoughtful, intelligent judge who carefully weighs the impacts of his decisions. I have great respect for him and I hope that President Obama thanks him for what Roberts has done for America. Not only will President Obama's legacy be remembered, but so will the legacy of Chief Justice Roberts. Thumbs down to the knee-jerk Republicans Alito, Thomas and Scalia, who do not even pretend to be objective jurists. They just follow their party's dogmatic line.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  202. Cindy

    We'll see how affordable it is for people with no insurance and not much money.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  203. Sharon Sheppard

    I watched the recorded oral arguments before the Supreme Court last night – my impression was that the rulings reflected the emotions of the Chief Justices rather than confronting the Constitutional powers of Congress to force its citizens to purchase a product. So, it is to be called a "tax".

    I cringed whenever the word "affordable" is used – Affordable to whom? This is going to be just like the "affordable " housing and the "affordable", student loans – make no mistake, somebody must pay the bills at the end of the day. Insurance does not mean Healthcare – it is a calculated risk assessment. Big difference.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  204. Richard Jacobson

    The cost for my health insurance has been outrageously high, in part because my dollars help to cover those who elect not to have health insurance. Now every one has to pay! I will no longer be paying for free rides. I am a fiscal conservative and a Republican and I applaud the Court's decision.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  205. David

    A system of national health care is the only moral option.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  206. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    Although the justices often show their political leanings in many rulings on the more controversial cases, thank God Chief Justice John Roberts showed his Constitutional mettle today. Maybe in leading by example he'll set the court on a more honorable track that will once again affirm our 3 part government as the best in the world.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  207. Cee.La

    I am thrilled, I have supported HC reform for years and years and had about given up.....then President Obama made it his signature issue, and after all the nasty mean rhetoric, the SC ruled it Constitutional.......Republicans, and the Media had it buried and gone.....and who da thought it Chief Justice [forgot his lines] Roberts.......saved the day......Millions of Americans will benefit.....

    June 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  208. Richp

    Most of the current HC act could be been written into current insurance regulations without an entire health care bill.It is the Supreme courts job to decide whether an issue is constitutional or not, it is not their job to decide if a law is good or bad. In this decision they chose the good or bad, in this they failed.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  209. Janice

    I can't believe it got this far. Coming from Canada we enjoy universal health care, and for all the people that complain about it I would not trade places for anything. So far my husband has been in a serious accident, (2) arterial bypasses,
    heart attach, brain anyersim (hospitalized for 6 months) and yes he is still alive at 55. Not one bill came to us in the mail, with all of our concerns money was not one of them. Embrase this decision today.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  210. Joseph

    Where to begin? ACA was never written, sold, or legislated as a "tax." The President flatly denied that it was a tax in 2009. But the only way it passes constitutional muster is as a tax? Mr. Obama is either a fool or a liar, maybe both. However, if you read the decision, written by the chief justice, it sharply delineate Congress's commerce power and as a tax, ACA can be repealed by a 51 vote in the Senate as part of reconciliation. SCOTUS also gave the Right a cause around which to rally. ACA drove turnout in 2010, leading to Democratic humiliation at the polls. We'll see what happens in November.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  211. Paula

    As someone who has recently gone on Social Security Disability, I am delighted the SCOTUS has upheld the ACA. I have worked from the age of 11 years old and got my working papers at 14 years old. From that time onI worked and paid into SS and then medicaid, equalling 40 years, until three years ago when my heath started failing. In my time, I have seen health care costs skyrocket so high that many people just can't afford the very high premiums for insurance, let alone regular doctor visits and prescription costs. I think the insurance comnpany's, pharmacutical companys, hospitals and doctors too, have sucked the middle class dry, with the outragous pricing for their services.

    So this decision by the supreme court is a good one in my opinion. The ACA was constitutional and now everyone must pay and every one can get health care for a reasonable price. I was surprised Romney stood up today and said people were going to lose their current health insurance and their pre-existing conditions won't be covered, especially when he knows damn well his statements were complete lies. I'm begining to wonder where the real republican party went, because these guys in office today, are way off their rockers, in the way they think and the way they tell blatant lies with impunity.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  212. conservative

    this result is a massive blow to the republican party. it shows there is not homogeinity in the party. as far as im concerned, i will never support another republican for the rest of my life.

    the principles of conservativism were trampled today, and an originalist interpretation of the constitution was not held by the exemplar/champion of right wingers, jon roberts.

    he is the darkest traitor to our values. i will never forget this. i will never support the mechanism that brought him to office. even if romney wins and overturns it, it is hollow. romneys battlecry is unsustainable and bankrupting. not that it changes relationship between state and citizen.

    obamacare is an abomination and an affront to the constitution itself. im disgusted to be an american today. it stands for mindless lemmings supporting govt power grabs.

    end result for private citizens: govt power to mandate our disposable income, poor pay more in taxes.
    end result for nation: quicker bankruptcy

    i love how obama leads with USA being wealthiest nation in world. we are drowning in debt, while greece spreads to other markets. obama is making our economy worse and the interests of USA in worse position.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  213. Brad

    Lifetime appointments create an atmosphere of "No accountability" Justices use the excuse of its their interpetation of the Constitution as a scapegoat. Subconsciously they are influenced by experiences and bias that sets in over time, thist is inherent in all of us, by having term limits we can eliminate prejudicial decisions at the least to a time frame.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  214. M. Campbell

    I am disappointed in the ruling, but I think, contrary to what I have been hearing from CNN anchors and reporters today, that this could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Mitt Romney and the Republicans. Remmber that two thirds of the country wants Obamacare repealed in whole or in part. Now we learn that the Supremes not only have upheld it, but have deemed the mandate, the most desliked part of the act, to be a permissible tax on people least able to pay; ie, those without insurance. I can see the Republican ads now: "Those tax and spend Democrats are at it again!

    June 28, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  215. su3385

    What an abomination! It is time to move to an openly socialist country like Canada which has socialized medicine, and get the hell out of this totalitarian dictatorship that we pretend is a democracy! Supreme Court justices should be elected, not appointed. This is a disgrace.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  216. Sw. Vandana Jyothi

    The outrage here is that the government is telling us we have to purchase health insurance from private, for-profit corporations or pay a penalty–which the justices (?) are calling a 'tax.' My welfare has NEVER been the top priority of any insurance company I've ever dealt with. And the government wastes my 'taxes' on wars I don't believe in. Talk about the Devil and the deep blue sea...!

    June 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  217. L. Reyna

    Today's ruling which was decided by a Republican proves that our government has the right and power to pass laws that are needed to keep all Americans safe and healthy. No one complains about the auto insurance mandate has has medical care coverage built in as part of the mandate. The only reason why people complained is because Obama wanted it. If Romney was in office and pushed for this law the same detractors would praise the legislation like Republicans did when Romney was governor. No lets move on to immegration!

    June 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  218. Grant R

    I am relieved at the court's decision. In this instance, it has not swung to the right as I had feared. So, in that regard, my opinion of the court has improved.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  219. Ancient Texan

    So now that the Supreme Court has made a terrible decision, the American voters will start the procedure to rectify the mistake on election day 2012.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  220. cliff

    Julie from Wisc- That is simply wrong. If you read up, you will understand quite clearly that those who cannot afford insurance, pay no penalty. You will recieve a credit to help you pay for insurance. Look, you may have had to take a lesser job but that was not because of Obamacare. Because of Obamacare you WILL be able to afford insurance and if you get insurance first? A penalty is a moot point anyway. This law will HELP you, not hurt you. Republicans have played fear mongering politics on this for to long. My opinion of the Supreme Court is much higher but my opinion of Republicants in congress?? Much lower.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  221. Troy from Austin

    The Court abandoned objectivity in this decision in favor of PR. Roberts felt he had to find a way to allow the law to stand for fear of ending up in a repeat of the "Bush vs. Gore" controversy of 2000, which many felt would have made the Court seem even more politicized than it already appears. The majority did this by "fixing" the Obama Administration's argument to rest on Congress' power of taxation rather than on the Commerce Clause, as the Administration actually argued it, thereby avoiding the word "tax" out of political expediency. Power of taxation wins the case; the Commerce Clause loses it. As such, the Administration actually lost the case. Roberts gave them a bit of "help" to win, thereby trying to make his Court look better in the eyes of the American public. It was wrong to rule in favor of the Obama Administration on the basis of their argument, but it is corrosive for the Court to appear politicized. Only God knows which is more damaging.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  222. JMB

    If the mandate is constitutional as a tax, can the administration still compel religious institutions and non- profits to provide insurance that covers practices it deems immoral such as abortion inducing drugs? Is this decision a win for religious freedom?

    June 28, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  223. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Democrats need to stop rejoicing and start planning. These five have pulled the wool over their eyes. And here’s why: Since there is nothing in the US Constitution that makes Obamacare illegal or unconstitutional, these five partisan bums did something very sneaky. Rather than make two unconstitutional rulings in a row, Citizens United is as un-American as the so-called Patriot act, they upheld Obamacare so that the Republicans will go ballistic, pull out all the stops and convince a majority of low information voters to help them get rid of the law entirely. So unless Obama wins and the Democrats gain a very large majority in both houses Obamacare is toast. And that majority would have to be more than 60 in the Senate.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  224. beevee

    I now have a little bit more respect for the supreme court justices. They don't necessarily favor the party that appointed them in cases that affect maricans at large. That is a good thing especially in the case of the chief justice. He showed that he can be impartial.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  225. David Gerstenfeld

    I'm glad I didn't "bet the ranch" on the court's decision.
    David, Las vegas

    June 28, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  226. MIke

    Good news for poor people and lay-abouts....bad news for everyone else.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  227. Rob in Goshen, CT

    I was not anticipating this but it is very nice to see. My wife is a health care worker @ Yale and she is very pleased as am I. A victory for all Americans.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  228. Peter from Toronto

    This ruling proves that there are at least 2 SC Justices–Roberts and Kennedy–who care even the smallest bit about doing their jobs seriously and voting against partisan lines. More importantly in Roberts' case, his reasoning also shows that there is at least one conservative Justice that is serious about his role. Contrast that with the shameful way that Justices Scalia and Thomas have comported themselves, and the difference is striking.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  229. Travis, an American on an offshore oil rig

    I have downloaded the courts decision and read through the whole. It shows a well reasoned deliberation of their charge and shows the strength of our form of government. I applaud the decision as it is a good move forward for the whole nation. For those who believe the decision a mistake, I encourage you to read it yourself and stop regurgitating the opinions of pundits, only then will you be able to have your own opinion.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  230. Foggy

    Interesting how it seems only the conservative justices get railed against for voting along perceived party lines...cant help but notice its the liberal bench that's being intractable on this one by that same argument....

    June 28, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  231. Sagebrush Shorty

    After rulings on eminent domain, lying about military service and medals, immigration enforcement and now this, I have a very low opinion of this court.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  232. jfaye

    The SupCo ruled it was a tax and therefore constitutional, as opposed to a law that fell under Commerce. The SupCo did not weigh in on whether it was a good plan, a bad idea or neither. Get over the politics. Roberts was appointed by Bush, so a lot of those comments make no sense.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  233. Mary

    I am not sure that my opinion of the entire court has changed but my opinion of Chief Justice Roberts has changed markedly. I believe there are a couple of Justices who are politically motivated, one in particular. I can say that I am pleasantly surprised that Justice Roberts appears to be ruling on the constitutionality of the law regardless of his personal feelings concerning the law and that is refreshing.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  234. Jesse from Clinton, NY

    It's still a political decision. The five conservatives drew straws to see which one of them would go with the liberals. Judge Roberts drew the short (or long) straw. The Court saved face. We'll probably be revisiting this Bill somewhere down the road.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  235. Evelyn

    I am pleased it passed .The last few decisions they have made such as corporations buying elections and their stand on Arizona 's immigration laws ,I had began to loose hope..Now if the electorate will get together and start working to get some job programs going. Like Medicare this bill can be tweaked to improve it as we go along.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  236. 3L

    The decision does to some extent restore my faith in the Court. However, this restoration is the result of Chief Justice Roberts, not the other 8 Justices. The other 8 Justices voted with their ideological beliefs, whereas Roberts based his decision on the law. Overall, this case was not that interesting legally, it was interesting socially. The Court came the decision that it should have come to. Both the commerce clause and tax and spend clause analysis were relatively straight forward. The only question coming into this decision was how ideological the justices were going to be, the law really wasn't in question. At least one Justice sided with the law. At worst this is an anomaly, at best this sybolizes a shift to a more pragmatic and less ideological Court.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  237. Michael - Wallingford, CT

    After reading the FULL opinion authored by Chief Justice Roberts I have to admit that I am impressed with his reasoning. He allowed the ACA to remain while not allowing a large scale expansion of Federal Powers.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  238. PM from Houston

    SCOTUS did just fine. It restricted the use of the commerce clause for mandate purposes and labeled it for what it really is...a tax...of which Congress is free to impose.

    In his writing, Justice Roberts also threw the burden of responsibility back to the electorate and their leadership choices...right where it should be.

    To paraphrase an old "POGO" cartoon from many years back..."we have met the enemy and he is us"...(and our elected choices).

    June 28, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  239. Mark, Oklahoma City, OK

    John Roberts is nobody's fool. He knows Obamacare will infuriate enough voters to get Obama defeated in the fall. Way to go, Chief Justice.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  240. Brenton in Los Angeles, CA

    I am pleased to see that the court didn't simply vote along partisan lines. I am particularly surprised that Roberts voted in favor of Obamacare. Does this mean he will now be viewed as the swing vote? Is this the first incarnation of the "Roberts Court?"

    June 28, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  241. caseythebrash

    The Supreme Court has become active in politics beyond it's intended scope, the blurring of lines between the three branches does not benefit America or it's people. I have little faith in The Supreme Court handing down verdicts on highly politicized issues while maintaining any sense of objectivity. Court appointments are now based on political alignment more so than actual ability.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  242. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    It vindicates the Supreme Court in the eyes of America, after that questionable decision which gave the presidency to George W. Bush. There really is such a thing as justice in America after all.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  243. Mike from Chicago

    This ruling is really just window dressing to give the appearance that the Supreme Court remains objective, despite the ever-increasing political process that populates it. The Republicans have lost a battle but with Citizens United allowing unlimited corporate political contributions, they will buy both the White House and Congress this November. Obamacare will never come into force.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  244. Ed in Sacramento

    Better because they pushed away all the political rhetoric and labed Obama Care a TAX!

    June 28, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  245. Larry VA.

    Hooray for Judge Roberts & the Supremes (at least the ones who backed "Romneycare"! This law is a good first step towards resolving a majjor challenge for our country.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  246. Jimmin

    I am very disappointed in the Supreme Court, and I pray this idiocy is overturned.
    I will not be FORCED into this.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  247. Tom from Virginia

    I think Chief Justice Roberts did the right thing with his decision to uphold the mandate by declaring it effectively a tax within the power of the government. But, this will be a short-lived victory for the President as those words come back at him during the campaign. He couldn't even recognize a tax when selling it to the public.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  248. Sheri (Laurel)

    The Supreme Court interprets the law. And they did their job as expected in this case. Judge Kennedy did point out that they were not ruling on the wisdom of passing this legislation, only whether or not it violated the Constitution. Amazing how the outcome of Supreme Court rulings so often surprise us. What is legal is not necessarily prudent.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  249. Erik

    Health care affects every American-healthy or sick, rich or poor, young or old. Insurance companies must cover all and all must contribute to make the system work. The Supreme Court is correct in its decision.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  250. Norris Wagner (from Alabama)

    (Sadly) I'm surprised that a Republican on the court is (occasionally) willing to put the law and precedent ahead of politics. After Scalia used the court's ruling on AZ's immigration law to criticize President Obama about something that was not 'in evidence' or at issue, I'm still skeptical that they'll regularly put the law ahead of politics. How can anyone trust people who continuously finds excuses to create and expand rights for corporations while simultaneously scaling humans' rights back to beliefs that prevailed in the 1840's. Almost unilaterally, the Republicans on the court go alone with this excuse for legal philosophy.

    June 28, 2012 at 4:15 pm |