ObamaCare Found Unconstitutional, To Take Center Stage During 2012 Elections?

Written by Timothy Ruth on Aug. 13, 2011

According to an appeals court in Atlanta, the health care bill that was signed into law by President Barack Obama in March of 2010 has been in ruled in part unconstitutional.

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled by a 2-1 vote that the federal mandate that requires individuals to either buy health insurance or be fined is a a “wholly novel and potentially unbounded assertion of congressional authority,” according to Chief Judge Joel Dubina.

The judges in court found that “the ability to compel Americans to purchase an expensive health insurance product they have elected not to buy and make them re-purchase that insurance product every month for their entire lives” went beyond the authority of the constitution.

According to CNN, that “unconstitutional” portion of the law will likely be heading to the Supreme Court, which will likely put the issue front and center during the 2012 elections when President Obama will be facing off against a GOP candidate. Most of the Republican candidates, including frontrunner Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann, have vowed to repeal the bill — dubbed by them as “ObamaCare” — if they are elected into office.

According to a Gallup poll in January of this year, 46% were in favor of repealing the healthcare system enacted by Obama and Congress, while 40% oppose to repealing it. Republicans were those most likely voting to repeal it — 78% to 15% — while Democrats were more likely to vote to let it stand — 64% to 24%. Independents, who are often credited in deciding who wins the presidential election, are more split with 43% wanting it repealed and 39% wanting it to let it stand.


  • Anonymous

    Everyone in this country should receive comprehensive healthcare insurance as a matter of right regardless of whether or not they can pay for it. “Obamacare” was a first step in this direction. It probably would have been simpler and better to finance it from taxes but I hope that the present plan is found to be Constitutional.

    Even if the present plan is found unconstitutional, there may be a silver lining. Insurance companies will still be forbidden to deny policies to people based on pre-existing conditions. This will probably drive the private companies out of the market, allowing the government to run the whole thing as is done very successfully and cost-effectively in all other highly developed countries. It is disgusting that we pay about twice as much per capita than
    Canada, England, France, Germany and others and yet we get worse care than they receive.

    • Wyveryx

      Sorry but ” successfully and cost-effectively” is almost an oxymoron when used in the sentence as government, especially this current term.

      While I agree that health care should be provided to all, I do not think that “forcing” anyone to buy something that they do not want is right.

      That would be like me “forcing” you to buy a product made in the USA. The money would go to help support this country directly, and therefore help support and improve our economy, and in turn help your position where ever it is that you work.

      It sounds like a good plan, but takes away personal choice and freedom, therefore it is unacceptable.

  • Cornhole

    Just what has any Republican done for the betterment of the small people of this country?

    • Ashotinthedark

      just what have -you- done for the betterment of this country?

  • Obooboo,doesn’t need his faulty health care plan for 2012.He’s been sitting on literaly hundreds of milions of dollars left over form the initial bailout program.Every day buisnesses come asking him for some of that money to and he tells them all no wy.I look to see him start letting go of it come september and or october for the obvious political ratings of which will make his jump ay up there if he does this and make no istake,he will do it then.If he wre to get back in again he would start making big cuts in s.s./SSI/military disability and the evr popular medicare and aide as well.he will wna to raise tax’s on the middle and ower classes.he will finish what he started and thats to destroy this country and everyone in it

    • Tokumei

      “ex special forces/disabled nam vet ex nsa ex ins… blah blah blah” another internet commando with make believe credentials… nobody cares, you loon. now gtfo

      you want attention? go flash at walmart or something.

      • Obviously you’r the goofball.you do not kjnow me,who I really am and what my past history is.I’v enough documdentation to back up everything that I’v done in my life and one of them was putting my life on the line for weenie’s such as you’r self so you coukld live a free lifestyle.For that I had wished many times that I never did what i did because some of you do not deserve what you have and the way you get to live,compliments of people such as myself.now be a good little boy and go running to you’r mommy.I havn’t got the time to fool with jerks such as you’rself,and ya you’e being blocked so don’t waste you’r time trying to respond cuse it’s not going to work
        Patrick Queen

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  • Obooboo,doesn’t need his faulty health care plan for 2012.He’s been sitting on literaly hundreds of milions of dollars left over form the initial bailout program.Every day buisnesses come asking him for some of that money to and he tells them all no wy.I look to see him start letting go of it come september and or october for the obvious political ratings of which will make his jump ay up there if he does this and make no istake,he will do it then.If he wre to get back in again he would start making big cuts in s.s./SSI/military disability and the evr popular medicare and aide as well.he will wna to raise tax’s on the middle and ower classes.he will finish what he started and thats to destroy this country and everyone in it

  • Realist

    A liberal & a conservative are walking down a street and see a man laying on the sidewalk beaten within an inch of his life. The conservative asks the man, are you okay? Do you need help? The liberal asks, “Who did this to you?” He must need help…”

    That is all…

  • Douglasivery

    I retired at 55 at one job and this place told me that I could have health insurance deducted from my retirement check for four hundred and ten dollars a month. I said you keep it. I rather have no insurance. I really believe that Obama care couldn’t be that expensive. If you can have insurance and not have a job.Come on people give it a rest. What is wrong with that?

    • KLynn

      Because SOMEONE has to PAY for it!!! Hello!!!