The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld nearly all of President Obama's health care overhaul, in a landmark ruling that will have sweeping consequences for the economy, the election and America's health care system.
In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled as constitutional the so-called individual mandate requiring most Americans to obtain health insurance starting in 2014.
The ruling is a victory for the president, ensuring for now that his signature domestic policy achievement remains mostly intact. It also ensures that the law will play a prominent role in the general election campaign, as Republican candidate Mitt Romney vows to repeal the law if elected.
Obama is expected to speak publicly about the ruling later in the day.
Chief Justice John Roberts, who was appointed during a Republican administration, joined the four left-leaning justices on the bench in crafting the majority decision.
"The Affordable Health Care Act survives largely unscathed," Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of those justices, declared at the end of the reading, claiming the "setbacks" going forward will be "temporary blips, not permanent obstructions."
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Lou Buren of TWAU BLOG: Who would have guessed that Obama would have the highest court in the land in his back pocket? I'll be honest it shocked me. I expected the total opposite. This is a very sad and dark day for America. It seems that's all we get these days ever since Obama arrived on the scene. I guess our only hope now is electing Romney who vows to repeal this social slavery known as ObamaCare. The court clearly failed in this ruling. The individual mandate is not a tax. It's a penalty if you fail to purchase Obama's healthcare.
I'm very disappointed with this bogus ruling. And we here at TWAU BLOG vow to keep doing whatever we can to fight and ultimately stop ObamaCare.