28 June 2012

Obamacare Upheld As Constitutional

Per the SCOTUS blog live feed: "the entire ACA is upheld, with the exception that the federal government's power to terminate states' Medicaid funds is narrowly read." Chief Justice Roberts and the four SCOTUS liberals uphold the individual mandate as within the taxing power.

The ruling once again deflates fantasy constitution advocates on the right. It also has the important practical implication of permitting the biggest reduction in the ranks of those without access to health care to go forward as Congress provided in 2014, barring a major shift to the right in the 2012 election whose voters will know the score when they go to the polls.

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