What are young people saying about today's historic Supreme Court Obamacare decision? These 7 millennials react:
George Shunick: I'm happy that the Supreme Court affirmed the health care bill today, given that not only do I, a 23 year old, benefit from it personally by remaining on my parents' plan for another few years, but I believe it is in the best interests of the American people. The American health care system has significant deficits in terms of accessibility and cost, and while this bill does not address all of these flaws, it is a step in the right direction. To undo the entire bill would have been to set health care in this country back another 20 years and give Romney some serious political firepower heading into the election.
Brian Weidy: I am elated about this decision as this highly politicized issue will be of great benefit to society on the whole. While I still believe the election come November will be determined predominantly by the current economic standing of the United States, this major issue will help garner the support of those from the left.
Whitney Baxter: More people will be covered by health insurance. Costs should decrease as preventative care is more attainable and the risk pool for insurers is healthier. In the context of America's private market for health insurance, I'm glad that the Supreme Court has affirmed key aspects of healthcare reform.
Richard Lorenc: Your Facebook and Twitter feeds are probably as packed as mine with commentary on the Supreme Court's decision on Obamacare. This is, like, the BIGGEST thing on the Internet ever, right? It's a miracle the web hasn't crashed! Nope! Only you and a few other people are interested in this. Most folks are going about their day and might hear about this on the evening news. They'll greet the news with a shrug because they don't think much about these sorts of things. This is not a big deal. It's a little deal. It happened because most people are willing to let a few "run" the country. And those few are eager to be empowered to run more and more things. Why is anyone surprised by any of this?
David Azevedo: "Roberts shifting the 'soul' of the ACA, the shared responsibility payment, from the Commerce Clause to the Tax Clause was a legal and political masterstroke. It provides a major limiting precedent of employing the Commerce Clause (soothing those who fear government shoving broccoli down our throats) while at the same time bowing to Congress' constitutional prerogative to tax (which, if they had limited it, would have been an incredibly extreme case of judicial activism).
Practically speaking, this is a huge victory for everyone regardless of political stripe, particularly young Americans, those with preexisting conditions, and tens of millions of those uninsured. If the ACA had been struck down, these Americans would have been at the mercy of Republican inaction. Politically, Romney is going to have a moment of truth in the next few months. Everyone knows he supported the individual mandate before it was cool (back in Massachusetts) so he's in a bind with this ruling. If Romney can make his base swallow the koolaid that he's seen the error of his ways, then he'll get a lot of pissed-off Republicans to the polls in November. But Obama can tie Romney now to the ruling, which could make Republicans torn. We'll watch and see."
Dylan Ewers: 1) The new Obamacare law eliminates the option for anyone who does not need medical attention to rely solely on a good diet and exercise to take care of themselves since everyone is forced to have health coverage. Also, the types of dieting (gluten free) consultations and other preventative measures against bad health that I participate in are not covered under the current health care system anyways. The Obamacare law is a band aide on a broken ankle.
2) I believe the courts decision expanded the governments power to tax through the commerce clause unconstitutionally. The fact that they won't call it a tax is very disturbing when in fact that are invoking the commerce clause. We are sacrificing too much personal freedom for an unattainable safety net. To me, the worst thing that has come out of Obamacare is not cost, but precedent to tax the people without restraint.
3) If you believe in handouts and social welfare, then the youth deserve one thrown their way (Obamacare), since most entitlements favor the old, minorities and poor. However, this will only further tighten the grip government has in planning our lives. The youth are going to be taxed to pay for these welfare programs starting now. We should be wary to heap on expensive programs.
4) Honestly, you would think that the victory would help Obama. However, the most outspoken people on this issue oppose Obama. If you remember, the Democrats, and even some of the Republicans, lost control of the House of Representatives because of Obamacare passing. To the extent that Obama critics appeal to moderates and independents will dictate where the momentum of this election goes. In my opinion, the Tea Party revolution's dislike for Obama will not translate into victory, or even support, for Romney. Obama will probably survive.
Jeff Danovich: The President and the Democrats did a really bad job in selling the Affordable Care Act to the voting public. With today's SCOTUS decision, the ACA has been cleared to be implemented. We will see in 4-5 years that this is good, sound law that benefits everyone.
David Gray: 1) Obamacare does not tax me because I already have health insurance and will always have health insurance. The only way this becomes a 'tax' is if you are irresponsible and do not have health insurance, which is the case for a small minority of the people in this country.
2) My biggest surprise yesterday was that the swing vote came from Chief Justice Roberts. Now Republicans are starting to shout the Democrat mantra, "Blame Bush!"
3) This decision is being viewed by a lot of conservatives as a transfer tax from young healthy people to the elderly and are claiming that the young people that voted for Obama essentially voted for a tax increase on themselves. I reject that notion. Yes it is true that for some that do not have health insurance, this will essentially raise their taxes, but I do not know anyone my age or younger (all millennials) that wants to not have health insurance. This bill will help ensure they have health insurance and make things more accessible.
4) This decision will have a HUGE impact on the November elections. I believe this is a do or die moment for Mitt Romney. He needs to rally the troops behind him now and galvanize the base by reacting strongly and announcing his plan for the replacement of Obamacare once he repeals it. Unfortunately the clock is ticking on this and based on his responses yesterday I am losing faith in Romney's ability to lead and get people behind him after this momentous decision.