Locals react to Supreme Court ruling
With the U.S. Supreme Court voting to uphold the constitutionality of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as "Obamacare," in a 5-4 decision on Thursday, reaction from local residents was mixed, with some staunchly opposed to the action, others in favor, and others finding both merit and fault with the provisions of the health care act. Sara Bolden of St. Marys said she she wholly supported the Supreme Court's, decision adding that the president "didn't go far enough," with the health care law. "I believe everybody in the U.S. should have health care," Bolden said. "As far as the individual mandate is concerned, people who can afford health care should get it. Why should we [taxpayers] pay for it? And the poor should be able to get insurance." In the ruling, the Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate, which requires those who can afford to pay for health insurance to do so. It is the individual mandate included in the law which people like Brenda Wright of St. Marys find especially objectionable. Wright said she feels that the government is overreaching and exceeding its authority in mandating that individuals obtain health insurance if not covered by an employer or other entity.