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U.S. Supreme Court

Affordable Care Act upheld

28 Jun, 2012

The Court hands the President a major victory; upholds the “individual mandate”, which requires Americans to have health insurance or face a financial penalty in a 5-4 decision. Chief Justice John Roberts, siding with the court’s more liberal justices, writes in the majority opinion:

Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not [the court’s] role to forbid it, or to pass [decide] upon its wisdom or fairness.

Obama says the court’s decision reaffirms his belief that in the United States, the wealthiest nation on Earth, no illness or accident should lead any family to financial ruin.