Supreme Court Upholds Most Of Obama Health Care Law

June 28, 2012 12:00 AM
Supreme Court Upholds Most Of Obama Health Care Law

" BOSTON (CBS) – The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld most of President Obama’s health care law, ruling Thursday that the individual mandate that requires everyone to buy insurance or face fines is constitutional.

The mandate, which was upheld in a 5-4 vote, will go into effect in 2014.

Read:  Entire Supreme Court Ruling On Health Care (.pdf)

Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative, joined the court’s four liberals in deciding the majority opinion.

The ruling means Congress did not exceed its authority when it ordered that all Americans must have health insurance.

In the decision, Roberts wrote that Congress did have the power to pass that mandate because it has the power to tax.

The nation’s highest court also upheld other major provisions of the law, including that insurance must cover pre-existing conditions,  no “lifetime limits” on coverage,  and that children can continue to stay on their parents insurance plans until age 26 "

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