The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday upheld the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's signature health care law, including the so-called individual mandate, which requires adults to purchase health insurance.
The court ruled 5-4 in favor of upholding the law. The court ruled that the individual mandate law is constitutional not under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, but under Congress' powers of taxation.
This is how Chief Justice John Roberts started his opinion: "We do not consider whether the Act embodies sound policies. That judgment is entrusted to the Nation's elected leaders. We ask only whether Congress has the power under the Constitution to enact the challenged provisions."
Here is the opinion.
Walnut Creek Mayor Bob Simmons discusses the evolution of justices' views.
The Huffington Post's Mike Sacks writes: "By siding with the court's four Democratic appointees, Chief Justice Roberts avoided the delegitimizing taint of politics that surrounds a party-line vote while passing Obamacare's fate back to the elected branches."
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