At first glance, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to
uphold the nation’s health care law is a huge win for President Barack Obama
But what will the political implications be for the
November election? Will Obama get a boost after the history court ruling?
The legal win may present a political mixed blessing for
the president’s re-election campaign because it is likely to rally conservative
voters and people who generally oppose the law.
Obama’s signature piece of legislation during his first
term isn’t the most popular law ever passed in terms of political support from
the general public.
It will be up to Obama, the White House and the
re-election campaign and supporters to continue to tout what they feel are the
new law’s benefits.
The president began that effort with a speech Thursday at
the White House, where he acknowledged that people will dissect who the winners
and losers are politically from the Supreme Court’s decision.
“But today, I’m as confident as ever that when we look
back five years from now, or 10 years from now, or 20 years from now, we’ll be
better off because we had the courage to pass this law and keep moving
forward,” Obama said.
Often mentioned by supporters and the president is that
insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to people with pre-existing
conditions and that children can now stay on their parents’ policies until they
But Affordable Health Care For America Act opponents, who
dub the law Obamacare, now have new ammunition to say the president has raised
That’s because the court upheld the provision of the law
that requires everyone to purchase insurance because they considered the
mandate can be construed as a tax.
Chief Justice John
said “The payment is collected solely by the IRS through the
normal means of taxation.”
That likely will be in many of Mitt Romney
’s advertisements and already after the
ruling it was mentioned by many Republican and conservative leaders, who will
also attack the law as big government.
Another helpful item for the GOP is they are relieved the
immediate pressure to come up with a plan to replace the health care law that
will remain on the books unless enough support can be drummed up in Congress to
That would have been especially difficult during an
election year trying to get something passed that has become so partisan in
If Obama wins re-election, be assured the new law will
stay in place, so that puts even more pressure on Republicans to win both
chambers of Congress and the White House.
Judge Mary Jane Trapp
District Court of Appeals Court, will host Night with the Captains at 6 p.m.
July 11 at Classic Park in Eastlake. See Mike
, candidate for
Lake County commissioner, golf outing July 13 at Black Brook golf course in
Mentor 9:30 a.m., 5 p.m. dinner. See Dale
Eastlake Mayor Ted Andrzejewski
eighth annual golf outing 8:30 a.m. shotgun start July 13 at Pine Ridge Golf
Course in Wickliffe. See Ted or Patricia
for Jason Wuliger
for Lake County Recorder, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 16th at the home of Judy
and Roger Sustar
, with special guest U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette
. See Susan Culotta
Susan McGuinness, candidate for Ohio House of Representatives District 61,
hosts a summer BBQ at 5:30 p.m. July 19 at Perry Township Park. See Lindsay D. Baruffa
County Sheriff Daniel McClelland
hosts 2012 Rib Dinner, 6 to 8 p.m. July 20 at Troy Community House in Troy
Township. See Craig Richter
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