Affordable Care Act Largely Survives Supreme Court Scrutiny

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The Supreme Court today largely upheld the Affordable Care Act, including the mandate that individuals must purchase health insurance, calling the penalty a tax. The mandate was considered the most crucial question being judged by the court because invalidating it would have complicated other provisions required by the law. The court did say that the portion of the ACA that expanded Medicaid may be unconstitutional, and that states cannot be compelled to follow that portion of the law. The ACA is set to fully take effect in 2012.

The Washington Post (6/28), Los Angeles Times/Politics Now blog (tiered subscription model) (6/28), The Wall Street Journal (6/28)