Patch catches up with 17-year-old Sam Gray at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
CHARLOTTE, NC -- Editor's note: Sam Gray, 17, is a senior at Marion Independent High School in Marion, Iowa. Sam, thanks for taking the time to talk with us. So you’re 17 years old; your first convention I take it? Yes, it’s my first national convention, and it’s exceeded all my expectations. It’s a great experience. There are so many different people here. Everyone can get involved. How did you become a delegate, and why did you decide to become a delegate? Well, when I knew I was going to be old enough to participate in this kind of thing, I decided to go to the county and then district and then state conventions. When I went to the district convention, that’s when I decided I wanted to run to be a national delegate. I gave a speech …
In a landmark ruling last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Affordable Care Act constitutional in a 5-4 vote, giving President Barack Obama a political victory and maintaining health-care coverage for thousands of Iowans.
Patch was abuzz last week following the ruling released by the U.S. Supreme Court that deemed the Affordable Care Act — or ObamaCare — constitutional. What's your opinion on the Supreme Court's decision? Do you support it? Moving to Canada? Vote in our poll and share your opinion in the comments section below. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the 5-4 majority, stating the Constitution gives Congress the right to impose individual mandates, the centerpiece of the legislation. Isa O'Hara, owner of the Green Grounds Cafe in West Des Moines' Historic Valley Junction, had a different reaction. "Holy crap," she said, in the minutes following the ruling. "There goes the country. I guess it was already sliding downhill."