Supreme Court upholds Obamacare

On Thursday, June 28 the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling on the Affordable Care Act, upholding the main components of the controversial law that would mandate majority of American citizens to get health care.

The justices came to 5-4 ruling, with conservative Chief Justice John Robert Jr. joining the liberal wing. The main components of the act were upheld, ruling that requiring almost all Americans to obtain health care is constitutional under Congress’s tax authority, although it was concluded that it was unconstitutional under the Commerce clause.

The justices did, however, rule that withdrawing Medicaid funding from states that decide not to participate in a broad expansion of Medicaid eligibility was unconstitutional. It was ruled unconstitutional because it threatened those states who would not want to comply with the expansion with loss of  Medicaid federal funds.

Under the broad expansion, “Medicaid is trans-formed into a program to meet the health care needs of the entirenonelderly population with income below 133 percent of the poverty level,” according to the ruling.

With the Affordable Care Act largely deemed constitutional, majority of Americans are expected to buy health insurance starting in 2014 or face a penalty.

The ruling comes five months before the 2012 presidential election.

To read the ruling, click here.

For additional reading: Washington Post, Time and New York Times


Pictures from outside the Supreme Court during oral arguments for the Affordable Care Act, here.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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