In a 5-4 vote today, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the President Obama’s health care law. USA Today rightly calls it a “splintered, complex opinion,” one legal minds and news outlets across the country are still sussing out. But the heart of the law, the so-called individual mandate—a provision requiring nearly all Americans to have health insurance—remained in tact in the form of a tax. As USA Today explains:
The government had argued that Congress had the authority to pass the individual mandate as part of its power to regulate interstate commerce; the court disagreed with that analysis, but preserved the mandate because the fine amounts to a tax that is within Congress’ constitutional taxing powers.
Supporters say the measure is necessary to help fund the other pieces of health care reform.
Many are calling the ruling a major victory for the Obama camp. A statement from the president is expected around 12:15 this afternoon.
So let’s turn to Twitter to gauge the reaction of the peanut gallery—er, people, shall we? And be sure to share your thoughts on the decision in the comments.
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