The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that the health care mandate is constitutional. It upheld the entire Affordable Care Act, with the exception that the federal government’s power to terminate states’ Medicaid funds is narrowly read. Justice John Roberts read the majority opinion.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama in March 2010. Twenty-six states have challenged the constitutionality of the law’s mandate for all U.S. citizens to purchase health insurance by 2014.
In early 2011, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi challenged the health care law on behalf of Florida and 25 other states. In August 2011, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that parts of the law are unconstitutional, and in November 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington ruled the law unconstitutional.
In November 2011, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a legal challenge to the law. In March, the court held 3 days of oral arguments surrounding the constitutionality of the health care mandate.