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Health Care and the Court

November 14, 2011 8:29 am ET

The Supreme Court may announce today whether it will take up a legal challenge to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. A third U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed its constitutionality just last week -- in a decision handed down by one of the nation's most conservative judges.


Having everyone take responsibility for their own care is an idea Republicans once proposed. Now they're rooting against it just to hurt President Obama politically.

Connect: We all want to be in charge of our health care to make sure our families can get the care they need.

Define: The health care law makes sure we all get affordable insurance and take personal responsibility for ourselves -- because when people with no health insurance get sick, the costs get passed onto the rest of us.

Validate: Having everyone take responsibility for their own care started as a Republican idea. Constitutional law experts say the law is perfectly legal and even conservative judges have upheld it in court.

Discredit: Republican politicians are rooting for the courts to strike it down because it would cost the President politically -- even though it would cost American families much more.

Look forward: It's time to move forward -- we can't go back to the broken system we had before.


"The health reform law's individual mandate is unconstitutional."

"Health care reform is unpopular and Americans want to repeal it."

"Obamacare is a failure -- costs are still going up."


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