Thursday morning the Supreme Court delivered its ruling on the constitutionality of the Obama Administration’s greatest achievement. After the Citizen’s United Ruling I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect from the Supreme Court.
The Individual Mandate
Is it constitutional for the government to require people to have some form of health care coverage or pay a penalty? According to the Supreme Court, yes as reported by CNN… it will be upheld as a tax, because the IRS would be the ones who enforce the penalty. Therefore it was not upheld as part of the commerce clause but as a tax.
The Medicaid Expansion
Is is acceptable for the expansion of Medicare to cover even more people? According to the Supreme Court’s vote, yes.
Pre-existing medical condition
Will Americans with pre-existing medical conditions still be able to get medical insurance? According to the Supreme Court, yes.
Overall, I was surprised by the Supreme Court’s decision. They upheld the entire law. This is very important for poorer people who CANNOT afford health insurance. But I am surprised they upheld the entire thing. Based on news reports coming out in the days ahead of this, I was expecting parts of the law to be upheld and other parts to be thrown out. So getting up this morning to hear the news (7 a.m. on the West Coast), I was expecting a very confusing ruling with some parts of the law upheld and other parts to be thrown out. But they kept the entire thing. Wow!
What did you think?