One local legislator believes the Supreme Court's ruling is going to make Illinois' financial mess worse.
The Supreme Court voted 5-4 that President Barak Obama's health care law's individual insurance mandate was Constitutional. Commonly known as "Obamacare", Illinois State Representative Bill Mitchell says this ruling is going to be "devastating" for small business owners in Illinois. Rep. Mitchell says small business owners he has talked to in his district have expressed their concerns to him about this making it even tougher to make ends meet.
As a result of one provision in the original bill, almost 700-thousand Illinoisans would have gone on the public aid system, and the provision stated Illinois would have to pay for that, but if they didn't they would no longer be eligible for existing funds. Rep. Mitchell believes the only bright spot in the ruling was the Supreme Court deemed that unconstitutional.
Rep. Mitchell says "Obamacare" is going to make the Illinois budget deficit worse. He adds this is going to cost the state even more money that they don't have. He feels the question needs to be asked, "How are we going to afford this?"
26 states have opposed the mandate, however, Illinois is not one of them. Rep. Mitchell feels the Supreme Court's decision to not withdraw current funding for state's that do not approve it was a good decision.