In a landmark decision, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that the individual health insurance mandate is constitutional, according to a story in the Huffington Post. The mandate requires that every American purchase health insurance.
The majority opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts upheld the mandate as a tax, although it concluded it was not valid as an exercise of Congress' commerce clause power, according to the Huffington Post story.
The ruling upheld the central provision of President Barack Obama's signature Affordable Care Act.
According to a story in the
Chicago Tribune, the ruling was not a complete victory for the Obama administration.
The required expansion of Medicaid violates states’ rights and may be unconstitutional Chief Justice Roberts said in the Tribune story.
The fact that the justices found that the expansion of Medicaid to be unconstitutional was unexpected and raises questions as to how the government might institute a key provision, which is central to reducing the number of uninsured American's, according to a story in the Washington Post.
"Whatever the politics, today's decision was a victory for people all ove the country," President Obama said during a news conference.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stated Thursday morning that his first act in office, should he be elected would be to strike down the measure.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
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