High Court Upholds Health Care Law Under Taxing Powers

Law360, New York (June 28, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT) -- The individual mandate is constitutional under Congress' taxing powers, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday, in a 5-4 decision led by Chief Justice John Roberts that leaves President Barack Obama's entire health care law standing.

In Roberts' opinion, the majority found that it is within Congress' authority to level a tax penalty against Americans for not carrying health insurance. The tax penalty does not make the insurance coverage requirement an actual mandate, he wrote, because individuals can decline to buy health insurance and choose to pay...
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