In a landmark decision, both legally and politically, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld President Barack Obama's sweeping healthcare law, including the central mandate that individuals must buy health insurance.
Pundits and politicians alike are already heralding the decision as a major political boon to Obama, whose supporters were concerned that an overturn of the law, or just the individual mandate, would harm the president's re-election bid this year.
Obama's health care law, which also requires health insurers to provide coverage to children of policy holders up to 26 years old and bans insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, was challenged by several states who argued that some of its conditions, particularly the individual mandate, were unconstitutional.
Republicans also had vehemently opposed the health care law and their presumptive presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, has vowed to seek its repeal if he's elected.
- New York Times:"Supreme Court Lets Health Care Law Largely Stand"
- New York Times:"Victory for Obama, but Ruling Limits Medicaid Provision"
- Washington Post:"Supreme Court upholds health-care law, individual mandate"
- Washington Post:"What the decision means for you"
- The Weekly Standard:"This Election Just Became About Obamacare"
- Politico:"Cantor: House will vote on repeal on July 11"
- The New Republic: "The Supreme Court Has Ruled. Health Care Reform is Constitutional."
- The Daily Beast:"What’s the Deal with Health Care?"
- The Daily Beastcentral Web page on the decision
- National Public Radio website:An annotated version of the ruling
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