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Congress singed and passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010 — an individual mandate that requires all Americans to maintain minimal essential health issuance coverage or pay a penalty unless exempted for religious reasons or due to a certain level of financial hardship. However, this act was met with stiff opposition from numerous states in federal court with the argument that the act of mandating payment for anything from U.S. citizens by their government is unconstitutional. Early on June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States decided in a 5 to 4 vote that the health insurance mandate can be valid as a tax and will be upheld.
This Supreme Court decision was met with a very active response making hashtags and topics dominate the national trending topics on Twitter immediately following the decision. These include #ObamaCare, Roberts, The Supreme Court, Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and POTUS.
Let’s take a look at some metrics on how the nation has responded.
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On Intrade, Barack Obama’s InTrade price on his probability of winning in November has seen an uptick after the Supreme Court decision was made. His current probability of winning is 55.5% according to In Trade.
Obama’s It Score has raised three points in the last two weeks, most of which has occurred within the last few days. The individual mandate seems to have potentially helped Obama’s It Score.
Here’s a look at a word cloud featuring an overview of the most used words from tweeters across the nation on the subject.
The health insurance industry has responded in an unusual way. Part of the mandate prohibits health insurance companies from discriminating between their individual clients based on health conditions. Here’s a look at what happened to a number of health insurance stocks which dropped 2-3%.
National news outlets, bloggers, and pundits alike have produced stories on this historic supreme court ruling. Here is a look at the top five Google News search results from the query Individual Mandate:
Fox News: Individual mandate upheld: What does that mean for you and your health?
MSNBC: SCOTUS upholds individual mandate
Politico: Heath care ruling: Individual mandate upheld by Supreme Court
Washington Post (blog): Individual mandate upheld as tax: Supreme Court updates
Washington Post: Supreme Court upholds heath-care law, individual mandate
Here are the top five results from Yahoo! News on the same query:
Yahoo! News: Supreme Court upholds Obamacare individual mandate as a tax
ABC OTUS News: Obama in 2009: The individual Mandate is Not a Tax
National Constitution Center: Is the individual mandate overrated?
Yahoo! News: Obama rejects characterizing insurance mandate as a tax in 2009
ABC OTUS News: Supreme Court Heath Care Ruling: The Mandate Can Stay
Here are the top five results from Bing on the same query:
Washington Post: Individual mandate upheld as tax: Supreme Court updates
ABC News: Supreme Court upholds Obamacare individual mandate as a tax
Chicago Sun-Times: Obamacare individual mandate ruled constitutional by Roberts’ Supreme Court
Washington Post: Supreme Court upholds Obama’s health-care law
Washington Post: How does the individual mandate work?
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