A recent poll by the Public Religion Research Institute found that just days before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) (ACA), the majority of Americans supported "Obamacare," although Christians remained divided on President Barack Obama's health care law.
The bill has attracted much criticism from conservative Christian groups claiming that the Act is bad for American families, but the PRRI poll found that 43 percent of Americans as a whole wanted the law to be upheld, as opposed to 35 percent who wanted it struck down – while 21 percent of respondents could not give an opinion.
Although it seems that a great number of Americans wanted Obamacare to be upheld, the survey's results also indicate that some Americans may not be very familiar with the intricacies of the law. more >>
While much of the objection to the Supreme Court's ruling to uphold Obamacare on Thursday included talk about the loss of individual liberty, Christian and conservative legal groups point out that religious freedom is still in jeopardy as well.
The court's ruling did not address the religious liberty issue regarding the constitutionality of the "HHS mandate," that requires religious employers to pay for contraception, abortifacients and sterilization despite holding religious objections.
"The HHS mandate is the first exception to our national commitment to protect religious conscience in the abortion context – a tradition that has been bipartisan for forty years," explained Kim Colby, senior counsel for the Christian Legal Society's Center for Law and Religious Freedom. more >>
My first reaction to the Obamacare decision was: Well, it was a great country while it lasted.
My second reaction to the Obamacare decision is to re-remember just how important elections are. Elections have far-reaching consequences. Obviously, the president nominates the judges (who generally serve for life), and the senate confirms (or rejects them).
The Supreme Court virtually governs our lives today, although that should not be the case. more >>
Within minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court released its ruling upholding the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, Tea Party leaders were announcing an all-out effort to reinvigorate their troops to elect a president and Congress members who promise to repeal the controversial health care law.
"The Supreme Court ruled against the American people today," Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder and national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots, told The Christian Post.
"The American people overwhelming oppose Obamacare. Now more than ever it is time for the American people to band together and take our government back. Americans agree with what Justice Kennedy said in the dissenting opinion that 'the entire Act before us is invalid in its entirety.'" more >>
President Barack Obama argued emphatically, in 2009, that the individual mandate being proposed in the new health care law was not a tax, while many conservatives argued that it was a tax. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court has saved the law on the basis that it is a tax. The decision gives Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney an issue to run on in the presidential race, but Romney supported a state-level individual mandate when he was governor of Massachusetts.
The Supreme Court "reaffirmed a fundamental principle -- that here in America, in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no illness or accident should lead to any family's financial ruin," President Obama said in a press conference after the ruling Thursday.
Obama made no mention, though, of the fact that his signature achievement was saved by calling it a tax increase. more >>
Christian leaders across the nation have been responding to the Supreme Court's ruling on "Obamacare," with many suggesting that the decision to uphold the law's insurance mandate could pose grave consequences for American families.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins warned, "Today's Supreme Court decision will do serious harm to American families. Not only is the individual mandate a profound attack on our liberties, but it is only one section among hundreds of provisions in the law that will force taxpayers to fund abortions, violate their conscience rights, and impose a massive tax and debt burden on American families."
With a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld on Thursday the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) (ACA) as constitutional. "Obamacare," as the act is better known, requires individuals to purchase health insurance or face a penalty, which justices argued was essentially a tax. more >>