Supreme Court upholds individual mandate

5-4 decision affirms constitutionality of Affordable Care Act

Supreme Court decision on health reformThis morning, Supreme Court – by a margin of 5-4 – has upheld the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) in its entirety.

Chief Justice John Roberts was the surprising swing vote in the decision, siding with the Court’s four liberal justices – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer – and agreeing that individual mandate was justified as a tax.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in a dissent that “In our view, the entire Act before us is invalid in its entirety.”

The mandate will take effect in 2014.

The full text of the decision is here.

We celebrate this decision was a huge win for millions of Americans who have so much at stake. We’ve said it again and again … that the law’s reforms are a huge victory for women, for Baby Boomers, and especially for so many families who have faced denial of coverage because of pre-existing conditions. At the same time, we sincerely expect this will be a win for all of us who hope reforms will actually reduce costs in the long run.

We commend the Court, but we also encourage the law’s supporters to use this opportunity to remind Americans that this truly was a win for all of us.