|English: Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Updated: President Barack Obama, speaking on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling this afternoon at 12:17 PM ET stated:
"Whatever the politics, today's ruling was a victory for the American people across this country," he cited.Referencing prior Republican support for a individual mandate, including GOP Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney who signed the first version of a measure of this nature into law while Governor of Massachusetts, President Obama stated.
"Portions of this act has been supported by both parties, including the Republican nominee for President (Mitt Romney)," the President noted.In a historical opinion, President Barack Obama's signed Individual Health Insurance Mandate on Americans is constitutional.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday, June 28th in a 5-4 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts upholding the central provision of President Barack Obama's signature Affordable Care Act.
A majority of the Justices upheld the mandate as a tax, but also concluded it was not valid as an exercise of Congress' commerce clause power. Widely known as the Liberials on the Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined in the majority.
By siding with the court's four Democratic appointees, Chief Justice Roberts avoided the delegitimizing taint of politics that surrounds a party-line vote while passing the Affordable Health Care Act fate back to the elected branches.
The decision, which appear to be a political compromise among the justices, letting the mandate stand without wading into the contentious question of whether the provision is a valid exercise of Congress' power to regulate interstate commerce.
Specifically, the Justical majority concluded that the mandate, which requires virtually all Americans to obtain minimum health insurance coverage or pay a penalty, falls within Congress' power under the Constitution to "lay and collect taxes."
On Medicaid expansion, a majority of the court upholds the expansion but also ruled the federal government may not threaten the states who opt-out of this option with a loss of existing funding.
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