Breaking News: SCOTUS Upholds Affordable Care Act…Details ComingPosted: June 28, 2012
My intuition was correct. I think Judge Roberts made his choice. His own reputation and that of the Supreme Court was more important to him than his conservative ideology.
The bottom line is that the majority has voted to uphold the ACA. The majority opinion was written by Chief Justice John Roberts, who joined the more liberal justices. I will add details and links as I get them. Please post anything you hear in comments.
The New York Times says the law has has been basically upheld. Their live updates are here.
But I’m hearing on MSNBC that the Court said the states can opt out of the program. That could be a serious problem for the law if it affects the size of the population pool. The mandate is “technically unconstitutional,” but the government can penalize people who don’t buy insurance–through the government’s power to tax. However the law doesn’t actually include a penalty.
It sounds like the issue the states can opt out on is the Medicaid expansion. That could be a big problem.
Washington Post: Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law, Mandate
CNN International: Where in the world can you get universal health care?
I’ll continue to update in the comments.