Supreme Court Rules Individual Health Care Mandate May Be Upheld Under Congressional Tax Authority

Source: CNN

In a landmark decision that will impact the nation for decades, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a key provision of President Barack Obama’s health care law, ruling that requiring people to have health insurance violates the Constitution.

Chief Justice John Roberts issued a long opinion in which he said the controversial individual mandate may be upheld and is within Congress’ power under the taxing clause rather than the commerce clause.

The Supreme Court has upheld the entire health care law by a vote of 5 to 4, Supreme Court Producer Bill Mears said. That includes the medicare provision.

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  • Marvice

    I am glad for the ruling that the Supreme Court gave and hopefully now the country can move on with creating jobs.  In the beginning I did not agree with this mandate, but after thinking about how we as people don’t always do what we should do, I started changing my mind.  Any time you want something to benefit all, you have to have everyone participate.  I feel this is why so many of our programs don’t do so well now, is because you don’t have the people using them contributing to them in any way.  Everyone needs to participate, no matter how big or how small.  If states can mandate you to pay insurance for a piece of fiberglass, then certainly health insurance shouldn’t be unconstitutional.  If accepting unlimited amounts of money from corporations that can sway legislation and threaten our democracy is not seen as unconstitutional, then certainly a mandate for someone to purchase their own insurance should not be unconstitutional.

  • Roland I have been interested in the informative segments on the ACA. CNN and CBS have both done some good work on this subject.  This is very important because neither political party are willing to tell the truth.  I believe that one step more would be an entire publicized show on this legislation going into great detail on what it does and doesn’t do. It would be great if the President would do it, but he won’t. You guys are the only way this will get done.  If the public was informed, we would be not so susceptible to the spin by the extremes of each party. If their spin didn’t work, they might have time to address the cost drivers of health care.