Voices: Americans react to healthcare ruling BBC News • July 2, 2012

Elise Gould, liberal think tank Economic Policy Institute

This mattered for people’s lives. The mandate provides a necessary safety net for millions of Americans who could not afford healthcare.

I don’t think people understand how it can affect them or their neighbours’ lives, how hard it is for people trying to get by these days. To have the government step in and bolster an important safety net is really important.

Healthcare cost is one of the leading factors behind bankruptcy. Making sure people have affordable healthcare is going to help families make ends meet.