'Obamacare already helping NY Caribbean-Americans': lawmakers
by Nelson King NEW YORK, July 1, CMC – Two Caribbean lawmakers here have welcomed the United States Supreme Court’s ruling that upheld the Affordable Care Act, dubbed “Obamacare” – the administration’s controversial initiative to reform health care and widen coverage of uninsured Americans.
They said Caribbean immigrants in their districts, many of whom are uninsured or under-insured, had already begun to benefit from President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law.
The court agreed that a key plank of the law - the requirement that most Americans obtain insurance or pay a penalty - was authorised under the power of the US Congress to levy taxes.
The court voted five to four, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. providing the swing vote as the court’s four more liberal members backed the law.