Your Voice: The Supreme Court Upholds The Affordable Care Act
By a 5-4 vote, President Obama's health care legislation survived a constitutional challenge. Tell us what you think about the decision.
9:15 a.m. Update
Multiple news outlets are reporting that the United States Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act.
Chief Justice John Roberts authored the majority opinion and wrote in part,
"The Affordable Care Act is constitutional in part and unconstitutional in part The individual mandate cannot be upheld as an exercise of Congress's power under the Commerce Clause. That Clause authorizes Congress to regulate interstate commerce, not to order individuals to engage it. In this case, however, it is reasonable to construe what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who have a certain amount of income, but choose to go without health insurance. Such legislation is within Congress's power to tax."
Tell us what you think about the Court's 5-4 decision upholding the individual mandate.
10:20 a.m. Mercy Hospital St. Louis used a Patch blog to react to the Court's decision.
After years of controversy over universal healthcare, and months since the historic healthcare legislation that both ends of the political spectrum have now called "Obamacare" became the subject of a legal challenge, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce a decision Thursday morning.
Predicting an outcome of the case surrounding the Affordable Care Act has been a parlor game among Supreme Court watchers. The Huffington Post has a roundup of some last-minute possibilities laying out what could happen.
We want to hear from you...how do you think the court will rule? How will the ruling impact your life or of the people you know? If you're an employer, what will it mean for your business? Tell us in the comment section, or if you'd like some more space to do it, try a Patch blog.