This just in from Drudgereport:
SUPREME COURT RULES:
Mandate survives as a tax…
Chief Justice Roberts joins the left of the Court…
The Medicaid provision is limited but not invalidated…
‘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. ‘
The court reinforces that individuals can simply refuse to pay the tax and not comply with the mandate.
Chief Justice John Roberts actually joined the majority, with Kennedy dissenting. Basically, Roberts saved the legislation. Who would have anticipated that?
The decision means the historic overhaul will continue to go into effect over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care. The ruling also handed Obama a campaign-season victory in rejecting arguments that Congress went too far in requiring most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty. […]
The court found problems with the law’s expansion of Medicaid, but even there said the expansion could proceed as long as the federal government does not threaten to withhold states’ entire Medicaid allotment if they don’t take part in the law’s extension.
The first part we knew, but this piece about Medicaid is interesting because it seems to suggest that this fight will continue at the state level over the expansion provision.
Still, this can only be seen as a massive, unlikely win for the Obama administration.