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Carroll County Health Officer: 'I Would Like to See the Supreme Court Uphold the Law'

The Supreme Court is set to rule Thursday on the Affordable Care Act.

Thursday the Supreme Court is scheduled to decide on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, signed into law March 23, 2010. residents and leaders are divided on the issue.

In a , 60 percent of poll takers said they think the Supreme Court should overturn the health care law.

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The Supreme Court’s decision will include a ruling on the constitutionality of the law's “individual mandate” requiring all U.S. citizens to buy health insurance.

Opponents of the mandate say it’s an unprecedented exercise of congressional power while Obama has argued that the commerce clause in the Constitution allows Congress to regulate health care, and that expanding coverage would lower costs, according to the Economist.

Carroll County Health Department Health Officer Larry Leitch said that there would be little to no effect on the Carroll County Health Department if the law gets overturned. However, he said that personally he would like to see the court uphold the law.

"I would like to see the Supreme Court uphold the law, because it would give the vast majority of Americans access to some level of health care coverage, which is one of the main tenets of public health," Leitch said.

Leitch said that health care in the U.S. needs a change that goes deeper than just one law.

"Of all the developed industrialized countries, the U.S. insists on treating health care as a business commodity to be bought and sold," Leitch said.  "All the other countries have made the conscious decision to treat health care as a right."

Even upholding the law won't solve the problems Leitch said.

"Even if the law is upheld, I believe we will continue our trademark rationing system to some degree: if your are on the poor side, you will probably not get the amount of care you need - if you are on the more affluent side, you will probably get more care than you actually need," Leitch said.

In Maryland, about 750,000 people were uninsured between 2009 and 2010, according to Linda Bartnyska, chief of cost and quality analysis at the Maryland Health Care Commission.

Delegate Justin Ready, R-Carroll County, said he supports the repeal of Federal Health Care reform.

"There are areas of common ground that the American people agree with on issues like tort reform, pre-existing conditions, eliminating needless mandates and regulations, and giving individuals more control over their care," Ready said.

"Obamacare does not do most of those things, and even the things it does reform properly are not done in the most efficient way," Ready said.

Tdolce June 27, 2012 at 10:59 AM
There were six major legislative acts to bring the civil rights bill to it's current state. Obama care is step #1 to begin to bring this country up to speed with the rest of the world. Every objective report (CBC for one) shows that health care costs will go down with more people covered under Obamacare. It would be nice if low information voters could take even a brief break from all of the propaganda and just read the bill to see what's in it.
Kathy June 27, 2012 at 11:25 AM
The current bill may not be perfect, but it is definitely a start--over the course of years it will be amended and revised--like other laws, until it will hopefully "fit" better. How anyone could think that universal health care coverage is not desperately needed is amazing to me. Certain politicians must obviously have pretty decent health care coverage for their families, and be out of touch with the needs of the average American.
Gerald Fuss June 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM
There are already people who are benefitting from aspects of the Affordable Care Act including young adults who may now be covered on their parents' family health insurance plans. As Mr. Leitch expressed, I too feel that access to health care needs to be considered more of a right than a commodity, It is being a good citizen to support efforts that serve the good of all people. Giving people hope for a better quality of life improves the well-being of us all.
Buck Harmon June 27, 2012 at 02:48 PM
There are not enough primary or family care doctors to make the law work. Most med students choose specialist fields rather than preventative care because they pay a lot more...fix it after it breaks down always costs more. If there were some sort of incentive (monetary) that would reward students for choosing family practice over specialized medicine, the reality of forced healthcare might be able to be attained....but not for at least 10 years because of school time. Nothing in Obamacare offers this type of incentive...it won't work. If the average citizen had the option to opt out without being penalized the entire program would be viewed differently. I will never allow a government that can't seem to function within it's own responsibilities to dictate the way in which I tend to my own health. This program is Un Constitutional by my understanding of the Constitution and how it applies to my life....could care less about non-laws being passed just to provide the perception of keeping up with the rest of the world.
Brian June 27, 2012 at 04:27 PM
"How anyone could think that universal health care coverage is not desperately needed is amazing to me". No mam, what is amazing to me is how any person with basic financial common sense would fail to understand the amount of debt this country is in. THERE IS NO MORE MONEY FOR FREE HANDOUTS... PERIOD! Do you run your own personal finances that way? Hope not. Money is "cheap" these days so by-all-means spend, spend, spend - what's another trillion at this point?? The government will take care of me and provide everything I need. Let's make it bigger and borrow even more cheap money from China. To-hell with the future, live for today!
Tdolce June 27, 2012 at 04:53 PM
It'll work fine, Buck. We have bigger problems if the supreme court strikes down a law passed by congress. Mr. Brian, I'm sure you're referring to free handouts to Exxon, the drug industry, and tax cuts to billionaires. I don't how you and your ilk continue to not mind giving more and more of your tax money to our wealthiest citizens while our roads, bridges, schools, and health care continue to falter. What do you people want?
Ross Dangel June 27, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Healthcare should never be left to our broken political system to fix. The fact is that the affordable care act, branded Obamacare by the anti-Obama crowd is virtually identical to the garbage Romney championed in Mass and Republicans supported (a private healthcare solution) only 5 short years ago. The only reason these people want it repealed is the politics of denying Obama a legislative victory as has been the case on every of his agenda items. To wit, there is no replacement plan, nor has a plan been advanced by Republicans to address unsustainable increases in healthcare or the problem of 40 million uninsured people. Making healthcare a political football guarantees only one thing: it won't get fixed.
Buck Harmon June 27, 2012 at 07:23 PM
How will it work when our Country doesn't have enough primary care doctor's Tony Sweet..? You can't just pull doctors out of thin air. I don't think that you read this legislation or you would realize in order to mandate preventive healthcare you must have the doctors ready to offer the care. Nothing to do with the news station that you choose to listen to...fact.
Tdolce June 27, 2012 at 07:26 PM
One can suppose anything, Buck. At least someone is doing something.
Buck Harmon June 27, 2012 at 07:47 PM
So the mentality is to just do something.... even if it's wrong,won't work and cost billions that we don't have... I'll continue to tend to my own needs without big brother government interference or intrusion thank you.. Please teach me if there is something that I'm missing here.
Tdolce June 27, 2012 at 07:52 PM
The zen Buddhists have an expression. It goes like this:" For those who know, no words are needed. For those who know not, no words are enough." Nice talking to you, Buck.
Buck Harmon June 27, 2012 at 07:57 PM
I'll accept that as your surrender to the point Tony...educate yourself before jumping in next time...the Zen Buddhists are not forced to abide by non law either...it's too complicated...
Buck Harmon June 27, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Can't say that I blame you for changing your name Tony Sweet..
SOUTHWESTMINSTER June 27, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Spot on.
SOUTHWESTMINSTER June 27, 2012 at 08:43 PM
The greatest action is not conforming with the worlds ways.
Buck Harmon June 27, 2012 at 09:00 PM
If campaign finance reform received as much attention as Obamacare our Country would be on the mend....the health of our Country needs more care than any individual without insurance ever will..
Brian June 28, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Well done Buck! Just one comment though, how can you possibly ask these zen-like followers to go back and read the bill when those they support did not even read the bill before voting for it? The author himself did not even read it. Ah... vote for it and then go back and figure out what is actually in it. The CBO has the 10-year projected cost of Obamacare at $1.76 trillion. That figure is not coming from FoxNews but the CBO itself. Success or failure of the bill aside, where is the money coming from to pay for it given the current economic conditions? I guess we should not worry about details like these.
Concerned Citizen June 28, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Have you read the bill? There is nothing in it that will lower the cost of health care. It is designed to lower the cost of health insurance (not health care) by forcing most everyone to pay into the system. More people paying, less cost per person - for the insurance. The actual cost of health care will not change, and will continue to grow. In fact, this bill actually increases the cost of insurance coverage due to the many additional mandates, taxes, etc. it requires. But again, if spread over many more people, each person MAY pay less.
Tdolce June 28, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Jesus, here we go again. It seems I'm spending too much time educating Low Information Voters. Here's the Affordable Care Act: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_Protection_and_Affordable_Care_Act Now, I do not expect you guys to believe it since it didn't come from fox news or some other talking head. By the way, patriots, this is a PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY! In other words, if you don't want to participate by  paying your fair share of taxes...remember taxes....they pay for roads, infrastructure, Amtrk, Airlines, saved the Auto Industry, and unfortunately saved the wall street criminals.  (nothing's perfect) and help our less fortunate citizens, with which I agree, and much more. Like they say, if you don't want to support our democracy and the country you live, then just get out.  Enough.  I have to go to work.
Buck Harmon June 28, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Jesus has not commented on this link to my knowledge....We are a Republic, not a democracy...please clarify your last statement...
Buck Harmon June 28, 2012 at 01:39 PM
also....who was speaking of taxes on this link....?

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