Supreme Court Upholds PPACA

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June 28th, 2012

Today, June 28, 2012 The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold the entire Healthcare Law.

PPACA Supreme Court Key points of the ruling:

  • Court rules 5-4 to uphold individual mandate
  • Court says the requirement to have insurance is a tax, and is constitutional.
  • Court says on Medicaid that the federal government may not take Medicaid from states that refuse to take part.

Full Text of Court's Decision

News on the court's decision from across the web...

The Washington Post: The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual health-insurance mandate that is at the heart of President Obama’s landmark health-care law, saying the mandate is permissible under Congress’s taxing authority.  Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. sided with the majority in voting to uphold the law, Obama’s signature domestic initiative. The court also upheld the federal government’s ability to expand Medicaid coverage, but said it could not withdraw existing Medicaid funding from states that opt out of the expansion. - Robert Barnes, N.C. Aizenman and William Branigin, 6/28

Los Angeles Times: The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of President Obama’s healthcare law Thursday, ruling the government may impose tax penalties on persons who do not have health insurance.  The court’s long-awaited ruling rejected a broad legal attack on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act brought by Republican state officials and the National Federation of Independent Business.  The legal challenge focused on the law’s so-called mandate that all must have insurance by 2014 or pay a tax penalty. - David G. Savage, 6/28

New York Times: The Supreme Court on Thursday largely let stand President Obama’s health care overhaul, in a mixed ruling that court observers were rushing to analyze.  The decision did significantly restrict one major portion of the law: the expansion of Medicaid, the government health-insurance program for low-income and sick people. The ruling gives states some flexibility not to expand their Medicaid programs, without paying the same financial penalties that the law called for. - John H. Cushman Jr., 6/28

The Wall Street Journal: A divided Supreme Court largely upheld the constitutionality of the Obama administration's health-care law, in one of the most anticipated high-court rulings in a generation.  It upheld the mandate as a tax, in an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts. The justices also found fault with part of the health-care law's expansion of Medicaid, a joint federal-state insurance program for the poor. The justices made some changes to the Medicaid portion of the law.  The ruling on the mandate question was 5-4, with Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito in dissent. - Brent Kendall, Louise Radnofsky and Jess Bravin, 6/28

Reuters: A sharply divided Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare overhaul law that requires that most Americans get insurance by 2014 or pay a financial penalty.  The upholding of the insurance purchase requirement, known as the "individual mandate," was a major election-year victory for Obama, a historic ruling on the law that aimed to extend coverage to more than 30 million uninsured Americans.  The 2010 law constituted the $2.6 trillion U.S. healthcare system's biggest overhaul in nearly 50 years. - James Vicini, Jonathan Stempel and Will Dunham, 6/28

Bloomberg: The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the core of President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, giving him an election-year triumph and preserving most of a law that would expand insurance to millions of people and transform an industry that makes up 18 percent of the nation’s economy.  The justices, voting 5-4, said Congress has the power to make Americans carry insurance or pay a penalty. That requirement is at the center of the law, which also forces insurers to cover people with pre-existing health conditions. The court limited the law’s extension of the Medicaid program for the poor by saying the federal government can’t threaten to withhold money from states that don’t fully comply. - Greg Stohr, 6/28