Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare: What It Means, What Happens Next
By Daniel Fisher
June 28, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court today voted to uphold the Affordable Care Act, refusing to overturn the unpopular law and sending the issue back to voters to decide in the upcoming presidential election.
The 5-4 decision found the individual mandate at the heart of the law was a tax and therefore allowable under Congress’ constitutional power to levy taxes. Roberts joined the conservative wing in finding the law otherwise would have violated the Commerce Clause, however, by exceeding the power of Congress.
The decision is a victory for liberals who for decades had been pushing for a federal law to provide health insurance to every citizen. It’s also likely to be a boon for presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who can now campaign even more vigorously on a platform of repealing the unpopular law –modeled, ironically enough, on one he signed as Massachusetts governor — and replace it with less intrusive measures.
(Partisan Ranger Note: This should serve as a reminder or a wake up call to Republicans that though conservatives are good at playing lip service to such issues as the Constitution and individual liberty, when the rubber hits the road, they will always side with central government power against the rights of the individual. As a side note, it should also be remembered that in no place in the Constitution is the Supreme Court named as the final arbitrator of Constitutional matters. This issue should not be final. )