Obama finally gets his health care reform passed after a couple of years of him battling for it. Despite the strong opposition of the Republican party, The Supreme Court upheld an individual mandate in a 5-4 ruling allowing the health care bill to pass. Obama is sticking behind his stance one hundred percent, explaining there is no reason to spend more years debating this past issue.
The individual mandate is considered constitutional, and is therefore allowed to pass the health care bill. If a citizen refuses to pay for health care coverage they can be penalized with a tax. While the federal government does not have the power to force someone to buy insurance, they do have the power to impose a tax for those who do not. Arguments have been proposed since the bill has been signed, some concerning the government's exceeding power to impose such laws. If they can to this what will stop them from abusing this power? Upholding the mandate under the taxing clause is not a way of exceeding power, but a way of using one that was already in place. Placing taxes on cigarettes influence people to stop smoking, and taxing citizens without coverage will influence them to get health care.
As a country the important issues should be determined on the well being of our citizens. Nothing will ever be perfect and that is why issues have too sides of the spectrum, but basic human rights should never be denied. There are many situations were citizens can't receive health care because they are unhealthy, that's the real problem. Would you want to watch a loved one suffer? Of course not, just as its important to deliver education to a younger generation it is equally important to maintain health for a better future as a whole nation.
People are worried about their coverage changing or not receiving the proper quality as before. Some feel the government is becoming too controlling, forcing us to have coverage and believe that more employees will lose their jobs. On the other hand, it's believed the health reform will lower the nations debt and help benefit a lot more people who couldn't receive proper care before. It's understandable why this is such a heavily debated issue, but at the end of the day this is a decision about livelihood and the well being of our country. However one may feel about the health care reform, they must agree something must be done.