Supreme Court Obamacare Ruling Favors Affordable Health Care Act

By on Jun 28, 2012 in International, Politics, United States, World Comments
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US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts voted with four other democratic appointees to uphold President Barack Obama‘s health care program on Thursday, June 28, 2012, according to reports by several international news sites.

The controversial Obamacare program reportedly calls for an individual tax mandate for anyone who does not buy into medical insurance coverage.

Below is the Supreme Court‘s explanation of their ruling.

“Our precedent demonstrates that Congress had the power to impose the exaction in Section 5000A under the taxing power, and that Section 5000A need not be read to do more than impose a tax. This is sufficient to sustain it.”

It was a close 5-4 vote, with Roberts saving the ObamaCare plan. The Affordable Care Act was upheld by the Supreme Court but exempted the Medicaid funds.

The decision of the justices explained that “the federal government’s power to terminate states’ Medicaid funds is narrowly read.”

The implementation of the Affordable Health Care will begin in 2014.

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