The U.S. Supreme Court announced today it will issue its eagerly awaited ruling on the 2010 federal health care reform law on Thursday, when the court will announce its final opinions of the term.
Chief Justice John Roberts announced from the bench that Thursday will be the court’s final session before it takes a summer break. The chief justice said all remaining opinions will be announced then.
The National Association of Health Underwriters said it expects the court’s ruling to be announced at 9 a.m. Central Time on Thursday.
The final rulings of the session will include a decision on President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which is commonly referred to as “Obamacare.”
Most Americans oppose the law, even though they strongly support most of its provisions, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday.
Fifty-six percent of the American people are against the health care overhaul and 44 percent favor it, according to the online poll conducted from Tuesday through Saturday.
The survey results suggest that Republicans are convincing voters to reject Obama’s reform even when they like much of what is in it, such as allowing children to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26.
Support for the provisions of the health care law was strong, with a full 82 percent of survey respondents, for example, favoring banning insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
Sixty-one percent are in favor of allowing children to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26 and 72 percent back requiring companies with more than 50 employees to provide insurance for their employees.
A glaring exception to the popular provisions is the “individual mandate,” which forces all U.S. residents to own health insurance.
Sixty-one percent of Americans are against the mandate, which was originally proposed by Republicans.