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US debates over "Obamacare" ruling

06-30-2012 03:45 BJT

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It was an historical decision on the future of the American health care system. The highest court in the United States has upheld nearly all of so-called "Obamacare," which expands medical coverage to millions of Americans who lack insurance.

The U.S. supreme court ruled Thursday to preserve the nation’s overhaul of the American health care system. The court’s decision gives a huge boost to the re-election campaign of U.S. President Barack Obama who supported the law.

U.S. President Barack Obama said, “They’ve reaffirmed a fundamental principle that here in America, the wealthiest nation on earth—no illness or accident should lead to any family’s financial ruin.”

And a renewed sense of purpose for political rival, Mitt Romney, who opposes it.

Mitt Romney, Republican Presidential Candidate, said, “As you might imagine, I disagree with the court’s decision. And I agree with the dissent. What the court did not do on its last day in session, I will do on my first day if elected President of the United States. I will act to repeal "Obamacare"

The law expand health care coverage to more than 30 million uninsured Americans by 2014, reforms the private health insurance industry and improves coverage for people with chronic diseases. It all hinges on a provision requiring Americans uncovered by an employer of government-sponsored plan-to buy health insurance

26 states objected, filing lawsuits claiming that a provision-known as the "individual mandate"-is unconstitutional

but after hearing arguments both for and against the mandate- the court narrowly upheld it- based on the power of the U.S. congress to impose taxes.

Opponents like Dr.Jane Orient are outraged

Dr. Jane Orient, Executive Director of AAPS, said, “It will just change the whole landscape of American medicine and physicians will no longer be able to do their best for the good of their own patients.”

Supporters, however, are elated

Kathleen Stoll, Dir. Of Health Policy of Families USA, said, “It will help us sustain our healthcare system so we can afford to continue to provide quality care to people who are uninsured, it will help provide care.”

“It will help us sustain our healthcare system so we can afford to continue to provide quality care to people who are uninsured, it will help provide care.”

Since the Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress two years ago, a flood of advocacy on both sides has influenced the debate. The latest public opinion polls show that more than half of Americans don’t support the law—either because it goes too far or doesn’t go far enough.

Nonetheless, even before the ruling, three large U.S. health insurers decided to keep some of the law’s requirements. They will offer some preventative healthcare without cost-sharing and keep dependants up to age 26 on their parent’s plans.

Meantime, congressional republicans have promised an attempt to repeal the law in July, though the president’s fellow democrats in the senate are sure to block the effort.

And so, the highest court in the united states finishes the term with a landmark decision will affect the health of the U.S.economy-no other nation on earth spends as much on medical coverage.


Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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