Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Texas opts out of key Affordable Care Act provisions

In an article in The Daily Texan, titled “Texas opts out of key Affordable Care Act provisions”, Hannah Jane DeCiutiis writes about President Barack Obama’s health care plan and the fight Texas’ Governor Rick Perry has put towards defying it.

On Thursday June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that through Congress’s power to levy taxes, it had the right to force individuals to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. Contested by 26 states, this ruling is one of the most controversial decisions the Supreme Court has made in years. Governor Rick Perry has made it clear he does not support this bill and took the next step in fighting the Federal Government stating that Texas will not accept federal funding to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care act. This decision by Governor Perry is sure to stir up more controversy over the bill. With Republicans in support of Perry and Democrats despising his actions this will most likely eventually lead to more time in court. Although it will take time to implement Obamacare, I do believe that if President Obama is reelected for a second term, the states will ultimately have to surrender to the bill, for it is highly unlikely the ruling in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius will be overturned.

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