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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.

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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