Posted By Irene C. Olszewski, Esq. on June 28, 2012
In a long-awaited 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (known also as Obamacare), saying that the requirement for nearly all Americans to secure health insurance is permissible under Congress’s taxing authority.
According to the Huffington Post:
“The controlling opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, upheld the mandate as a tax, although concluded it was not valid as an exercise of Congress’ commerce clause power. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined in the outcome.”
In its decision, the court modified another key provision of the law, ruling that the federal government cannot withdraw existing Medicaid funding from states that decide not to participate in a broad expansion of Medicaid eligibility.
Democrats lauded the decision while Republicans have vowed to keep fighting against the Act.
Here are some articles on today’s decision for your perusal:
Supreme Court Health Care Decision: Individual Mandate Survives [Huffington Post]
The Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling — abridged [Washington Examiner]
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