Contrary to the embarrassing misreporting of “the best political news team on television,” CNN, the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act. This decision was a surprise to many of the talking heads and so-called “experts.” The individual mandate was the most controversial portion of the act, but it was deemed constitutional as a tax provision. According to Chief Justice John Roberts:
“Our precedent demonstrates that Congress had the power to impose the exaction in Section 5000A under the taxing power, and that Section 5000A need not be read to do more than impose a tax. This is sufficient to sustain it.”
Another key decision concerning the ACA is that the federal government may not withdraw Medicaid funding for states that refuse to implement it. Justices in dissent included Scalia, Kennedy, Alito, and Thomas. Kennedy indicates that they would have thrown out the act in its entirety. The entire ruling may be found here.