Poll: Weigh in on the Supreme Court Health Care Ruling

Georgia's governor says the state may delay taking any steps to comply with the Affordable Health Care Act until after the November election. Take our poll and let us what you think.

5 pm - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal put out a release expressing disappointment in the ruling and called it "a huge setback for fiscal sanity and personal liberty." State Attorney General Sam Olens joined Deal in calling for Congress to repeal the law, and Deal hinted at a news conference that Georgia is unlikely to take steps to implement the law until after the November election.

3:53 pm - A Sandy Springs physical therapist talks about why she supports today's Supreme Court ruling, for personal and professional reasons.

3:37 pm - The NPR website has posted a copy of the Supreme Court's decision, complete with reporters' notes explaining the legal logic behind the ruling.

3:10 pm - People in and around Decatur weigh in on the court's decision. Though this is a liberal leaning community, .

2:05 pm - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says it's too soon to say if Georgia will set up its own insurance exchange program or allow Georgians to be under a federally-run insurance exchange. He noted the election is in November and that could determine how Georgia moves forward. "We are probably going to be in a holding pattern" until the fall elections, he said.

Deal said the state would have to spend more than $620 million in additional funds if it were to expand Medicaid coverage and address the other state-level provisions in the Affordable Health Care Act. [UPATE: Deal corrects himself and says the dollar figure would be $76.3 million to expand health care coverage to an additional 620,000 Georgians.]

"It's way too early to know exactly what the outcome is going to be there."

Deal said he was surprised that the court upheld the individual mandate.

1:24 pm - Atlanta-based WebMD offers a breakdown of what the health care law means for people's daily lives.

1:05 pm - Here's what some Tucker Patch readers have to say about the decision.

12:49 - DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis releases a statement praising the Supreme Court ruling:

“Today is a great day for millions of Americans and nearly two million Georgians who currently live without health insurance. ...I commend President Barack Obama for his vision and willingness to fight on behalf of the American people.”

12:15 - President Obama speaks and calls the ruling a victory for all Americans. "No illness or accident should lead to any family's financial ruin." He reviews the most popular elements of the Affordable Health Care Act, including a provision that allows parents to keep adult children on their family health plan longer.

11:56 - Mitt Romney calls for "repeal of Obamacare" during address to media in Washington. "I'm asking the people of America to join me ... help us defeat the liberal agenda."

10:40 - Georgia's GOP chairwoman voices her opposition to the decision.

10:37 -  Fox News reports that President Obama will address the Supreme Court ruling in the next few hours.

10:19 - Supreme Court has upheld the the Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 decision.

10:16 - CNN now reports that a more thorough review of the ruling shows that the invididual mandate has been upheld. It appears that the Obama healthcare law as a whole has been upheld.

10:14 - CNN reports that the U.S. Supreme Court has issued its long-awaited ruling on President Obama's health care overhaul, known as the Affordable Care Act. The network reports that the individual mandate, the requirement that all Americans buy insurance, is unconstitutional.

Patch will provide updates throughout the day, but we want to hear what you think?

Did the court make the right decision? And what about the political implications - is today's decision helps or hurts Obama's run for reelection?

Tell us what you think in the comments area below.

Here is some background material for readers who want to dive into the details:

"E Pluribus Unum" June 30, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Great day to be an America. Obviously. so many of the negative reactions to the SCOTUS always want to break it down to $. Well, our current system is already outrageously expensive due to the economies of supply and demand. As one example, drug companies test, manufacture, and market drugs with an eye to make high profits, without being overly concerned will it improve the health quality and life of citizens (ie Viagra ). What we have ended up with is the richest country on the planet, getting high end cost medical care, and having health outcomes not as good as third world countries is some instances. Additionally we have millions without medical coverage, living under our noses, many without jobs and medical coverage do to old fashion corporate greed and dishonestly, and folks want to look over them and see them as an incontinence. And there are many of the conservative zealots aledging they are Christians? Sure.
Wallini June 30, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Krugman, an informative voice? Only if you live the same alternative dimension. LOL
Wallini June 30, 2012 at 07:26 PM
"and folks want to look over them and see them as an incontinence"...Say What??? How about some action to thwart the ridiculous legal CYA's that physicians must do that adds exponentially to the cost of healthcare. Obamatax does nothing to address this major "cost".
The Scarlet Pimpernel July 02, 2012 at 05:30 AM
I happened to be fully employed, highly paid and insured liberal human being, who is willing to help my fellow man anyway i can, you must be a bible thumping hypocrite.
Catherine Owen July 05, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I hope Deal gets slapped down for trying to deprive Georgians of the health care benefits that have finally been assured to us.


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