On Thursday we reported that the Supreme Court had upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act 5-4. At that point it was still too soon to know what the political ramifications would be for both sides of the aisle.
The effects of the decision will continue to unfold, but here are some observations made by the media thus far:
The Chicago Tribune reports that approval for the law rose 5% after the court handed down their decision. Among registered voters, support is now at 48%, while opposition to the legislation fell from 57% to 52%.
Meanwhile, Senator Charles Schumer (NY) and other democratic politicians are of the opinion that Mitt Romney’s passage of a similar healthcare mandate as Governor of Massachusetts will work against him in the general election, says CBS. Romney insists that he would repeal Obamacare if elected.
According to Fox News, healthcare will also be a crucial factor in congressional races, and the party which holds the majority of seats in congress will be integral in determining whether the ACA stays or goes.
“In the new poll, more than half of all registered voters - 53 percent - said they were more likely to vote for their member of Congress if he were running on a platform calling for repeal, up from 46 percent before the ruling,” says The Chicago Tribune.
As both sides continue to rally around the issue, one thing is certain: the healthcare debate is far from over.
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