Local Obamacare Opinions Differ

Temple Terrace Patch readers responded Thursday to a story regarding approval of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Temple Terrace Patch readers had mixed opinions Thursday after the Supreme Court ruled in support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by a 5-4 vote.

Dubbed Obamacare, the reform package mandates that everyone pay into the health care coverage system. It requires individuals not covered by an employer or the government to buy health insurance.

The ruling focused on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law.

Here's a sampling of what Temple Terrace Patch readers had to say about the court ruling:

“Unconstitutional or not, Obamacare is the wrong policy for reforming health care and the wrong direction for America,” wrote Temple Terrace resident and City Councilman David Pogorilich on the Temple Terrace Patch Facebook page. “Individual liberties and the doctor-patient relationship took a step back today.”

Local reader said he wasn’t sure what to think.

“As far as the law goes, I have mixed feelings,” he wrote in a comment to posted Thursday. “Being older I like the fact that I will have guaranteed coverage and benefits mostly paid for by young tax payers… I feel sorry for the burden this is going to put on the young, but hey, they put these people in power so I guess they shoulder it. I worry less and less about the generations that follow me as I get older. Perhaps it is greed, perhaps it is apathy, perhaps it is they get what they deserve, I'm not really sure.”

Temple Terrace reader outlined the outcomes of the Thursday decision.

“Here is what the Supreme Court decision means for you:
– You have to buy health insurance or be subject to a tax (no penalties by the way) 
– If you are under 26, you can get health insurance from the plan your parents use. 
– If you’re on Medicare, you can get free mammograms. 
– If you have what’s called a pre-existing condition, you can get health insurance. 
– Insurance companies can’t deny you coverage even if you get sick and make a mistake on your health insurance application.”

JW responded with a comment that free means government subsidized.

“One thing I wish Obama and supporters of the law like Minnie would stop doing is calling things like Mammograms free,” he wrote. “They are subsidized, paid by someone else, either through increased taxes, which Obamacare has now become under the Supreme court ruling, increased insurance premiums or reduced benefits.”

The Hillsborough County Republican Party (HCRP) voiced concerns and disappointment Thursday.

“While we have to respect the decision rendered by our highest court, the decision does not make common sense,” said HCRP Chairman Art Wood in a press release. “The Obama administration is on record as saying Obamacare is NOT a tax, yet their lawyers argued that way. Few, if any, Americans welcome more taxes.”

The outcome didn’t sway in any direction, according to an official statement emailed to Temple Terrace Patch shortly after the decision Thursday: “Moffitt Cancer Center will remain focused on our mission. We will continue to work with all involved to control costs and improve the quality of care, research and prevention.”

What do you think about Obamacare? Let us know in the comments section.

Jamie Robe June 29, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I have studied this law carefully for since it was originally passed, and in my opinion it is one of the most important laws to take effect in the United States in decades. I know that in my personal life, and for many of my family and friends, this has tremendous benefits. My college age children, all hard working, are protected with health care from my insurance till they are 26. My mother and mother-in-law, will both benefit from the prescription coverage better than they have been. Personally, this law will give me a chance to get coverage in the future, when someday I change my employment status. There are hundreds of thousands of US citizens who have been "trapped" in employment situations, based on pre-existing conditions... this law will have a very positive effect on the overall economy by unleashing these people and allowing them to start their own small businesses. That will create more jobs and get more people paying into the healthcare system. Private health insurance businesses will blossom under this program as well. Hospitals will start to get out from under the terrible burden of treating millions of non-insured people, who we all end up paying for anyway. Better that they can get coverage, go to the general doctor for checkups and treatment, instead of going to emergency rooms as they do now.
Jamie Robe June 29, 2012 at 05:07 PM
One final statement: I would hope that the people who believed this was unconstitutional will now realize that our system, as conceived by the Founding Fathers, has worked and that we should abide by the decision as handed down yesterday. The Supreme Court is no there to score popularity points... it is there to decide issues that would forever divide our people if it weren't for the wisdom of the Constitution. Now lets get back to the business of building up our economy, our nation, and our world.


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