The individual mandate makes it mandatory for all Americans to have health insurance. Many opponents believe Congress overreached by forcing all people to purchase insurance.
"The court on Thursday handed Obama a campaign-season victory in rejecting arguments that Congress went too far in requiring most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty," the Trib's report read.
CNN is reporting that the entire Affordable Care Act was upheld by a 5-4 decision. Chief Justice John Roberts was in the majority and wrote the majority opinion.
"There were not five votes to uphold it on the ground that Congress could use its power to regulate commerce between the states to require everyone to buy health insurance. However, five Justices agreed that the penalty that someone must pay if he refuses to buy insurance is a kind of tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power. That is all that matters. Because the mandate survives, the Court did not need to decide what other parts of the statute were constitutional, except for a provision that required states to comply with new eligibility requirements for Medicaid or risk losing their funding."
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