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Supreme Court upholds healthcare reform law

June 28, 2012 |

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the insurance provisions of the Patient  Protection and Affordable Care Act are constitutional, handing President Barack  Obama a major election-year victory and shunning 26 states that had sought to  overturn the reform law.
The court ruled that Congress has the power to  compel individuals to purchase insurance as a tax on people who do not have  health insurance.

“The individual mandate cannot be upheld as an  exercise of Congress power under the Commerce Clause,” Chief  Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion (PDF). “In this case  however, it is reasonable to construe what congress has done is increasing taxes  on those who have a certain amount of income but choose to go without health  insurance. Such legislation is within Congress’ power to tax.”
The  landmark decisions end two years of legal uncertainty and clear the way for full  implementation of the 906-page law. That includes establishing insurance  exchanges in each state, prohibiting insurance companies from discriminating  against the sick, and requiring nearly all Americans to prove on their income  taxes that they carry health insurance starting in 2014.

The Court  struck down part of the Medicaid expansion.

Source:   by Joe Carlson on June 28 for Healthcare Business News at

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