Supreme Court rules healthcare mandate can stay; retailers upset

New York -- The U.S. Supreme Court has just ruled that, while the individual mandate to buy health insurance is unconstitutional, this key part of President Obama’s signature healthcare law can stay as part of Congress’s power under a taxing clause.

In other words, the Supreme Court says that the government will be allowed to tax people for not having health insurance.

“The Affordable Care Act's requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably characterized as a tax. Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness,” the court said in the ruling.

In a just-released statement by the National Retail Federation, president and CEO Matthew Shay said that retailers are dismayed by the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act.

“The Court missed an opportunity to redress the many shortcomings of the law,” said Shay. “As it stands, the law wrongly focuses more on penalizing employers and the private sector than reducing health costs. This law will have a dramatic, negative impact on every employer and employee in the United States and further constrain job creation and economic growth.”

Shay added that the NRF will redouble its efforts to repeal the law.

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- 11:56 AM
jhofmann69 says

Hurray for Affordable Health Care. Great news for the informed!

- 3:15 PM
USrugger says

Fantastic news! For too many years, US Retailers short changed the life blood of their organizations: the front line associates. Some visionaries, such as Starbucks' Howard Schultz, recognized the importance of health care for associates, and acted & stood firm. Most still do not!

- 8:53 AM
BJ says

A government big enough to give you everything, is powerful enough to take it away, including your freedom. It is our freedom that is under attack, this is not about healthcare.

- 1:10 PM
USrugger says

This ridiculous nonsense about 'freedom' - these little snappy, meaningless sound bites - has to stop; this is about healthcare & ensuring everyone pays their fair free loaders! This entire healthcare plan was Republican (Heritage Foundation, Mitt Romney) before it became Democratic. It is 'bi-partisan'. Freedom comes from the ability to elect a government to govern. Again: terrific job!

- 10:11 PM
mingwang says

As it stands, the law wrongly focuses more on penalizing employers and the private sector than reducing health costs. =

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