Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law; Obamacare Mandate Survives in 5-4 Decision

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In a somewhat surprising and extremely controversial decision, the Supreme Court upheld President Obama's signature health care law Thursday morning.

The 2010 law's mandate that every American purchase health insurance or face a fine had been challenged on constitutional grounds by 26 U.S. states.

The mandate was upheld as a tax, however, by a 5-4 vote.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the liberal wing of the Supreme Court. Tom Goldstein of SCOTUSblog says Roberts effectively "saved' the Affordable Care Act.

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Opponents cast the law, known pejoratively as "Obamacare," as the federal government forcing citizens to enter a market and buy a product against their will.

The government countered that the law was actually only regulating an existing market, as everyone requires health care at some point in his or her life.

Roberts and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer sided with the government and declared the law valid.

Ginsburg, Kagan, Sotomayor and Breyer agreed that the individual mandate should be upheld as part of Congress' power to regulate interstate commerce.

Roberts disagreed, writing that the mandate is actually a tax, despite the Obama administration's reluctance to describe it that way during the bill's passage.

In any case, however, he declared the law constitutional as such, writing:

"If an individual does not maintain health insurance, the only consequence is that he must make an additional payment to the IRS when he pays his taxes."

The U.S. Chief Justice added that this means "the mandate is not a legal command to buy insurance. Rather, it makes going without insurance just another thing the Government taxes, like buying gasoline or earning an income."

Anthony Kennedy, often the court's swing vote, dissented, saying that he and three conservative justices believe "the entire Act before us is invalid in its entirety."

Republicans have vowed to repeal the law if President Obama is defeated in 2012, though that would also require control of the U.S. House and Senate.

In any case, the Supreme Court ruling signals a major victory for Obama, who sacrificed major political capital to get his signature piece of legislation passed.

For now, the liberal dream of national health care reform - some of which is already in effect, but the bulk of which is on hold until 2014 - remains realized.

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I think you missed the point about Bain- Point is- he was successful, in " the Black" not Red like Obama. Romney is not the Evangelistic Speaker as Obama, maybe that's what you put your stock into? Show me a guy who makes so many promises like THIS HEALTH CARE IS NOT A TAX! I will show you a guy who is a liar! Romney cleans up behind people like Obama. Romney has the resume to prove it. Romney is not a little Dictator. I realize you are not really an Obama lover you are a White Republican Tea Party Hater! This is what motivates you. All the Supreme court did was put the destiny back in the people's hands and the people will be heard in November! It will be a record number voting and change will come! Change? It ain't looking to make friends- my friend!

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Ray,25 dollars an hr is enough for me.I havent voted in twenty yrs,you convince to reg. to vote.

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Oh boy, its racism day on hollywood gossip.Unwelcome comments incompetent minds.

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Obama i am voting for you 2012.Leaving the Republican chaos and their racist attacks.Tired of the Color Tactics..

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of course Mitt took 1.00 salary his family co-founded the company.He was a millionaire.Hello..wake up

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Shit,I may vote for Obama now because i really want some of the provisions to stay law.

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OMG..JOHN B. told cbs Republicans want to delete the entire Obamacare.Thought they want to do adjusting only.

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I am stoked to be back and working for Ford.It would of sucked we let our car companies fail.

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He reduced FICA payroll,reformed ethics and healthcare which no other pres. could pass.

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