Early indications have it that the constitutionality of the entire Affordable Care Act — ObamaCare if you must — has been upheld, including the controversial individual mandate.
In a 5-4 decision that was unusual because conservative Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's four liberals and became the deciding vote, the justices ruled that the so-called individual mandate is a tax that Congress can impose on Americans. That undercut the challenge to that provision's constitutionality for allegedly violating the Commerce Clause.
From the New York Times:
The decision was a striking victory for the president and Congressional Democrats, with a majority of the court, including the conservative chief justice, John G. Roberts Jr., affirming the central legislative pillar of Mr. Obama’s term.
Many observers called the case the most significant before the court since at least the 2000 Bush v. Gore ruling, which decided a presidential election. In addition to the political reverberations, the case helps set the rules for one of the largest and fastest-growing sectors of the economy, one that affects nearly everyone from cradle to grave.
- A Reader's Guide to the Health Care Ruling (SCOTUSBlog)
- How to Learn what the Supreme Court Says about Health Care (NPR)
- Primer: Supreme Court's Health Reform Ruling Expected Thursday (PBS Newshour)
- Supreme Court Health Care Decision Live Coverage (New York Times)
As the analysis and reports continue to file in, we want to know the local reaction. Oh, and family with the huge "Repeal ObamaCare" banner hanging on their deck and Jackson Blvd. at South Grove Avenue? We definitely want to hear from you.