Breaking: Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law – READ THE DOC (PDF)
Chief Justice Robert says mandate maybe upheld as within Congress taxing power.
In a dramatic victory for President Barack Obama, the Supreme Court upheld the 2010 health care reform law’s individual mandate in an opinion authored by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined in by Justices Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor, Thursday, preserving Obama’s landmark legislative achievement.
“The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court’s majority in the opinion.
“Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness,” he concluded. The vote was 5-4.
The Supreme Court is set to deliver on Thursday its ruling on President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare overhaul law that requires that most Americans get insurance by 2014 or pay a financial penalty, his signature domestic policy achievement, in a historic case that could hand him a huge triumph or a stinging rebuke just over four months before he seeks re-election.