2012-06-21 / Front Page

High court upholds key part of Obama health law

By Mark Sherman, Associated Press

 WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

The decision means the historic overhaul will continue to go into effect over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care. The ruling also handed Obama a campaign-season victory in rejecting arguments that Congress went too far in requiring most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.

Chief Justice John Roberts announced the court's judgment that allows the law to go forward with its aim of covering more than 30 million uninsured Americans.

The court found problems with the law's expansion of Medicaid, but even there said the expansion could proceed as long as the federal government does not threaten to withhold states' entire Medicaid allotment if they don't take part in the law's extension.

The court's four liberal justices, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, joined Roberts in the outcome.

Justices Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented

 

 

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Looks like the Supreme Court

Looks like the Supreme Court is now legislating by proxy instead of upholding the U.S. Constitution as is their charter. This is just one more incremental erosion of our personal liberties "for the common good." Rob Fox, Catheys Valley

It seems the natural cycle

It seems the natural cycle for a democracy is to decline into socialism. So sad for our country.

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