Divided Supreme Court upholds health care reform

Divided Supreme Court upholds health care reform

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the Supreme Court's four liberals to uphold the constitutionality of the Obama administration's health care law.

By a 5-4 vote, the court held the mandate valid under Congress' constitutional authority "to lay and collect Taxes" to provide for "the general Welfare of the United States." The penalty for failing to carry insurance possesses "the essential feature of any tax," producing revenue for the government, Chief Justice Roberts wrote.

The ruling leaves the bulk of the law intact and means the fall campaign will present voters with a clear choice between Republicans who want to repeal the law and Democrats led by Mr. Obama, who spent much of the first 14 months of his term pushing his health overhaul through Congress.

Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

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