CNN first reported that the SCOTUS “killed individual mandate.” Happily, they declared that report was an error. I turned to MSNBC to find out in fact it was an error. So my emotions ran the gamut within three minutes. The bottom line was that The Court did not make a political decision as they had with Bush v. Gore or Citizens United but as Chris Matthews pointed out, it was indeed a moral decision.
The Supreme Court has upheld the individual mandate in Obamacare, paving the way for full implementation of the law in the states and ensuring that millions of uninsured Americans haves access to affordable coverage. The court upheld the provision as a tax. The Medicaid expansion is limited, but not invalidated, the court found. In short: “the entire ACA is upheld, with the exception that the federal government’s power to terminate states’ Medicaid funds is narrowly read.” Roberts joined Sotomayor, Breyer, Ginsburg, and Kagan.
- Supreme Court Upholds Citizens United; Tightens Corporate Stranglehold on Campaign Finance (commondreams.org)
- A reader’s guide to health care ruling (scotusblog.com)
- SUPREME COURT POLL: Ex-clerks say individual mandate is ‘done for’ (investmentwatchblog.com)
- The Supreme Court Scenarios on Health Care; The Odds Are Bad for a Good Result (alternet.org)