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Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law's Individual Mandate


Today's Supreme Court decision on President Obama's health care law is a big win for the commander-in-chief.

MSNBC and other outlets report the Justices decided the contentious individual mandate does not violate the U.S. Constitution because Congress has the power to tax citizens, and the mandate qualifies as a tax.

Shockingly, conservative Chief Justice John Roberts agreed.

In a dramatic victory for President Barack Obama, the Supreme Court upheld the 2010 health care law Thursday, preserving Obama’s landmark legislative achievement.

The majority opinion was written by Chief Justice John Roberts, who held that the law was a valid exercise of Congress’s power to tax.

The decision came as a sharp rebuff and disappointment to congressional Republicans, many of whom had expected the court to strike down at least some parts of the law.

Towleroad legal expert Ari Ezra Waldman will offer a complete analysis later today.

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  1. It doesn't surprise me actually, was this court really going to block a mandate that shovels that much money into the coffers of insurance companies?

    Posted by: Jersey | Jun 28, 2012 10:31:54 AM

  2. I thought Roberts would be the surprise conservative in support of the Affordable Health Care law. He may have even more surprises in the future. Remember, President Eisenhower thought that Earl Warren was a staunch (or stable) conservative. Not.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 28, 2012 10:38:31 AM

  3. The Republicans will probably hang the members of the Supreme Court in effigy by the end of the day.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 28, 2012 10:40:51 AM

  4. Fantastic news and a big win for Obama!

    Posted by: Remote Patrolled | Jun 28, 2012 10:42:56 AM

  5. Great news!

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 28, 2012 10:46:53 AM

  6. Who will be the first to call them Activist Judges?

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Jun 28, 2012 10:49:03 AM

  7. those damn activist judges!!

    Posted by: frank | Jun 28, 2012 10:50:49 AM

  8. This law kept me from being put on a 12 month waiting list for people with pre-existing conditions, when I got my new job.

    My pre-existing condition was not having had health insurance and not an actual medical condition.

    Posted by: Josh | Jun 28, 2012 10:53:47 AM

  9. CNN ran for 10 minutes with struck down

    OUCH, someone is going to get fired at CNN

    a real Dewey beats Truman moment

    Posted by: say what | Jun 28, 2012 10:54:53 AM

  10. I have mixed emotions about this. On the one hand, on the whole, The Affordable Care Act does alot of good, but the individual mandate was originally a Republican idea and a boon for private insurance. It's not exactly like we got a single payer system which would have been preferable. As my friend Tom said, "I never expected the Supreme Court to overturn the Perpetual Profits for Insurance Companies Law." It's funny how politics evolves. The further the Republican party moves to the right, its former positions are now reviled as "socialist". So, in some ways, this is really a Republican/conservative victory. And we're supposed to be elated? I'm happy I guess, It's progress, but still a huge compromise.

    Posted by: Gary | Jun 28, 2012 11:01:37 AM

  11. The cost of covering everybody for everthing will likely be greater than the increase in premiums received.

    Posted by: Ljc | Jun 28, 2012 11:06:35 AM

  12. I bet Romney is praying for the big UFO in the sky to come get him right now. LOL! President Obama's reelection is on track!

    Posted by: Bobby | Jun 28, 2012 11:13:29 AM

  13. Whether this is a "big win" for President Obama is for time to tell.

    This ruling is a "big win" for the country and the citizens.

    Posted by: Esther Blodgett | Jun 28, 2012 11:15:49 AM

  14. Well, this will get conservatives out to vote in Nov. since they will have to repeal the law in Congress. Since not a single Rep. voted for the law, they all have their political backs covered. Had the law been struck down, everything would be business as usual.

    If you live in a state with mandatory car insurance coverage, you know the difficulties of getting people to pay up, and the issue of illegal immigrants will be worse. Did they think this one through??

    Posted by: anon | Jun 28, 2012 11:20:15 AM

  15. anon

    w false concern trolling

    rick/ratbastard under another sockpuppet as Anon?

    Posted by: say what | Jun 28, 2012 11:24:41 AM

  16. @GARY & JERSEY,

    Damn...well, thanks for bringing me back to reality. I forgot this is all based on "RomneyCare".


    I guess I'm just happy that the far right-wing kooks aint gonna' like this decision. I forget about those greedy, inhumane insurance companies.

    Damn, the right-wing and the media in this country can get you so f.cked up in the head that you begin celebrated a victory that worth sh.t.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 28, 2012 11:28:56 AM

  17. @ANON...hate to break it to you, but if you have to "pay up" for not having health insurance, the government will being taxing you…not waiting for you to pay a fine. The IRS is the one entity that you don’t mess with. As for illegal immigrants, the health care legislation bars coverage to anyone who does not have citizenship, visa, or other government issued acceptable form of identification. illegal immigrants just go to hospitals when they are in an accident or have major health issues. the hospitals legally have to treat them costing the tax payers tons of money, but that is no different from before the healthcare reform act.

    Posted by: DRG | Jun 28, 2012 11:32:19 AM

  18. Big winners today: Big Pharma. They just lobbied their way into 45 million new customers, paid out of your pocket.

    Posted by: Inside | Jun 28, 2012 11:32:51 AM

  19. I meant "You bein celebrating a victory that aint worth poop"

    Sorry for all the profanity, Andy. It makes me feel so masculine like Rick. Now, where is my lip gloss.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 28, 2012 11:34:14 AM

  20. @Derrick from Philly, yes this will mean more money for insurance companies as more people will buy insurance. but it will also bring down the cost of insurance because more people will be buying into it. insurance companies make money by denying coverage not collecting premiums. this law also has provisions to cut the insurers abilty to deny that coverage. if we can't have a single payer system, this is a great step in the right direction.

    Posted by: DRG | Jun 28, 2012 11:37:25 AM

  21. DRG

    august will see almost $2 billion in checks sent out to people from their insurance companies w a letter stating it is due to Obamacare

    one provision not talked about much but big insurance hated was reimbursements for overcharging

    & yeah it is a stepp

    medicare was step1
    Obamacare is step 2

    a few decades from now will be step 3 = national health care

    Posted by: say what | Jun 28, 2012 11:41:53 AM

  22. it's funny how this has upset the conservative right. this is the most "Christian" thing the US has done in a few decades, if you catch my drift ;-)

    they should be happy. but they aint. cuz they're not Christians when it comes to helping others, only when it comes to hating gays and Muslims.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 28, 2012 11:45:34 AM

  23. I to have a pre-exisiting condition Crohn's disease about 8 grand every eight weeks for a life saving infusion called Remicade. So you can see that I am glad to see this stay in place. A young man that is only 23 gets the three hour infusion next to me told me he would have been denied this drug if he was not on his family insurance.The young man was still in school studying to be a lawyer.How many stories of real people out there that are positively effected by this bill.

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | Jun 28, 2012 11:53:36 AM

  24. Roberts' majority ruling, which saved the mandate as a taxable matter, also cast a shadow on the long-term outcome, as a tax can be repealed by a future Congress and President. While this is a long-shot in the short-run - Mittens could win in November, and more Republicans could be elected to Congress- it will be all but impossible to win enough new seats to get a filibuster-proof (60 votes) majority in the Senate in one election cycle.

    Posted by: Jerry | Jun 28, 2012 11:57:28 AM

  25. I agree with Jersey and Inside. A little bit of our democracy died today! It's chilling that any SCOTUS justice would agree that government has the right to force citizens to buy a private company's product.

    Why Obamacare will screw America:

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Jun 28, 2012 12:11:15 PM

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