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The Valley reacts to the Supreme Court's decision

Published: Thu, June 28, 2012 @ 2:36 p.m.

Throughout the Valley, reactions to the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act are beginning to make their way to The Vindicator newsroom. Here is a sample:

• “I see this as a historic moment, as historic as when the segregation decisions were made. We’re at a moment in history,” said William Padisak, president Trumbull Mahoning County AFL-CIO.

• "I got to raise prices to cover this ... For us small guys, that really hurts. Big corporate chains are different. I'm a small guy. It depends how many employees they're gonna put me under and how they are going to write it but its ... going to hurt," said Jack Doverspike, owner of Jib Jab Hot Dogs who lives in Liberty.

• “Private industry is going to have to pay for this. Someone has to pay for it and it’s not going to be the federal government,” said Brian Benyo, president and co-owner of Brilex Industries.

• "Mandated or not, the ability of patients to have access to medical insurance is good for any practice. The questions that remains are will the Affordable Care Act reduce the costs of health care overall ... and how will we pay for it," said James DeCenso, practice administrator at Youngstown Orthopaedic Associates in Canfield.

• "I'm happy for all of America. It really shows that Obama cares," said state Rep. Robert Hagan of Youngstown, who spearheaded a universal health care for Ohio legislative effort 20 years ago.

• "Chronic illness is largest cause of death in the United States, drives up the costs for health care, and impacts quality of life so dramatically. Improved access to health should lead to improved outcomes and lower costs," said Patricia Sweeney, commissioner of the Mahoning County District Board of Health.

• "Here's the good news for the people of eastern Ohio: The doughnut hole is closed; the costs of prescription drugs are lower, and families can keep children on their parents' plan until the age of 26," said Charlie Wilson of St. Clairsville, the Democrat challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson in what the polls show is a close race.

• "I am disappointed by the Supreme Court's decision on the constitutionality of Obamacare. It is a matter now that will again be fought in the political arena and will be the pre-eminent issue of the presidential campaign," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

• "Supreme Court justices appointed by presidents of both parties today made an independent legal judgment to uphold the health law. I hope today's ruling will put an end to the partisan bickering so that we can continue our focus on jobs and improving the economy," U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said.


1redeye1(5514 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Once again Booby Hagan doesn't have clue . The majority of people didn't want Obama care. If he really thinks that BO cares he is mistaken. BO only has one goal for this country and that is to ruin it. I can't wait for all the costs to skyrocket and then watch the D party $h!t themselves. Vote GOP in NOVEMBER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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2BrothaLove(81 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

I keep hearing this ridiculous assertion that President Barack Obama wants to ruin the nation. What in the world would the President have to gain from doing such a thing, it's just plain ridiculous. Some people need to really stop listening to Rush and really educate themselves... that would make those people look like less of a jackass when commenting in public forum.

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3Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

I hope all the 18-30 year olds who voted for barack obama realize where most of the money is going to come from for this health care. You are going to pay premiums, one way or another, your entire life whether you see a doctor or not to subsidize health care for others.

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4georgejeanie(1399 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

He wants to change the country into a muslim socialistic enclave where everybody is sucking on the government tit from cradle to grave, how much longer can this continue until we just implode , like Europe is doing? Sooner or later the conservatives are going to take matters into their own hands and all hell is going to break loose. Civil war #2., and believe me I have no doubt who has more guns more education and the will to get us back on the consttutional track that made this country great.

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5BrothaLove(81 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago


Again, you have failed to answer the bottom question. What does the President, an American citizen with a vested interested in this country, have to gain from the failure of the country? No more Rush and no more rhetoric, just an intelligent well-thought answer to that basic question.

You said Republicans (you) have more education and can get us "back on track." With ridiculous claims like that posted above... I seriously doubt it.

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6peacelover(834 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

BrothaLove, essays like georgejeanie's just make you laugh, they're so ridiculous. Yeah, President Obama wants to turn this country into a "muslim socialistic enclave". "Civil war"??? C'mon.

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7Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

I want to see everyones reaction when they start getting fined or money taken out to pay for insurance it is going to be alot more then you think. Why do you think that part doesnt start until AFTER the election. Implement the parts everyone likes before the election then slam them with bills, fines and deficits after the election. Do you think the timeline was just a co-ink-a-dink?

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8ytownredux(117 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

I appreciate all the opinions in the article, (not the comments from our conservative fiends, oops meant friends, ;),) however I think the Jib Jab guy needs to read the bill first, it is for company's over 50 full time employees, if Jib Jab has that, they are more popular than I thought.

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9LtMacGowan(704 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Actually Redeye people are stupid. National polls when they say Healthcare reform they find that over 60% of Americans approve, but when they use the term Obama care that approval rate drops to around 35%. So in reality most Americans do indeed want Healthcare reform they ve just been brainwashed to think the word "Obamacare" is bad.

When the SCOTUS gave its decision which I was almost positive was going to be bad because of the majority of conservatards on the bench. I nearly cried tears of joy as I jumped and yelled for joy. As Im sure the nearly 40,000,000 Americans with out insurance did.

Im sure that some one is going to comment that is going to be the biggest "tax" increase on the middle/poor ever. Wrong. In order to be hit with the penalty you 1) must be employed, and 2) must make a certain amount above the poverty line. So if you are unemployed, or employed but below or at the poverty line you don't have to pay.

Lastly any business that has the 50 employee cut off that means they have to carry health insurance for them will get tax breaks and such to help offset the cost of the increased insurance. I know this is a strange concept to many but Healthy workers are Happy workers, Happy workers are productive workers.

In every other 1st world nation (since they are all sane enough to have a single payer socialized healthcare system) they goto the doctor so they DON'T get sick, in America we goto the doctor WHEN we are sick, and most of the time not even then.

Another example anywhere else when you are sick you call off work (since they have sane workers protections and wont be fired for being sick) and stay home. in America you goto work sick. Your performance stinks and you infect 2-3 other people who in turn do not call off sick, come to work their performance stinks and they infect even more people so the businesses productivity falls, instead of one person staying home for the day.

My only regret is that they had to lose the public option during the reconciliation of the house and senate bills.

That being said. All you Tea Tards can just choke on it. Lets recap Osama is Dead, G.M. is Alive, and Healthcare reform stands. WTG Obama!

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10LtMacGowan(704 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Lastly I wish I was there in D.C. so I could have stuck it to every last Tea Party drone that drank the Kool-aid. President Obama won, the Country won, you lost.

Also think of the hundreds of millions of dollars the Right wing, Tea Party, Conservatives, and Big Pharma paid to try and defeat the Affordable Care Act which came to nothing. In the sage like words of Nelson Muntz "HA HA!"

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11LtMacGowan(704 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

So assuming your innuendo is correct for the moment. That is what it comes down to? If you don't have the money well then forget you, you aren't worthy to have medical care? EVERYONE deserves the same top notch quality of healthcare as everyone else. Period. No exceptions and if we as a nation have to pay more for that then so be it.

We already pay one the lowest amounts of tax in the developed world. Bunch of whiners.

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