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.