The Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s healthcare law Thursday in a 5-4 decision that galvanized both sides of the political spectrum. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s four liberal justices to uphold the health law’s individual mandate as a valid use of Congress’s power to levy taxes.
“The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax,” Roberts wrote. “Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness.”
Obama and congressional Democrats heralded the decision, while Republicans said they remained committed to repealing the law through legislation.
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on the historic decision.
The Supreme Court’s historic decision on President Obama’s healthcare law is just hours away. The justices will announce the fate of the healthcare law shortly after 10 a.m. — and from there, things are going to get crazy.
There are too many press briefings and conference calls to count. And if the Arizona immigration case is any indication, it’s often difficult to assign political winners and losers with a split decision, especially within the first 30 seconds after the decision is released.
The Thursday morning chaos is inevitable, but Healthwatch can at least help make sense of it. Be sure to read our handy primer on the logistics of deciphering the decision and the questions that will follow from any decision.
House Republicans have tapped Reps. Tom Price (R-Ga.) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) to lead their immediate response to the Supreme Court's healthcare decision Thursday.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) discussed the party's messaging strategy Wednesday at a closed-door caucus meeting. Republicans have been preparing for weeks to respond to the Supreme Court's decision, no matter how it comes down. The ruling is expected shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday.
Boehner told his troops that Price and McMorris Rodgers will be at the Supreme Court on Thursday to hear the decision, according to a source who was in the room during Wednesday's conference meeting.