Supreme Court Upholds Obama's Healthcare Law

The 5-4 majority opinion was written by Chief Justice John Roberts.

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Early Thursday morning, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the individual health insurance mandate is constitutional.

According to Patch's sister publication, the Huffington Post, the individual mandate of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act has been deemed constitutional, and upheld as a tax.

The Huffington Post reports, "The majority [of the Supreme Court justices] concluded that the mandate, which requires virtually all Americans to obtain minimum health insurance coverage or pay a penalty, falls within Congress' power under the Constitution to 'lay and collect taxes.'"

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, "...it is reasonable to construe what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who have a certain amount of income, but choose to go without health insurance. Such legislation is within Congress's power to tax."

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined in the majority.

For details of the ruling, click here.


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Summer Hemphill June 28, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Victory is sweet,vindication is even sweeter !!!
Gary Graham June 30, 2012 at 05:21 PM
In the context of our country's politics, I suppose this is the best we could hope for at the present time. However it's only a starting point. We need universal health care for all our citizens. And it should be delivered by a system entirely outside the insurance industry. For profit insurance companies are not appropriate for this domain of protection for our citizens. I'd like to see us look to Canada, Japan, Taiwan or the European countries for models of countrywide health care systems.


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