See the Supreme Court's decision here: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-393c3a2.pdf
10:06am - CNN broke news that the individual mandate has been ruled unconstitutional in and of itself as a mandate, but may be upheld as a tax. More to come.
10:33am - According to CNN's live blog:
" The Supreme Court has upheld the entire health care law by a vote of 5 to 4, Supreme Court Producer Bill Mears said. That includes the medicare provision."
"Kate Bolduan reports that the Chief Justice John Roberts issued a long opinion in which he said the controversial individual mandate may be upheld and is within Congress’ power under the taxing clause rather than the commerce clause."
10:44am - Key Points from CNN:
- Court rules 5-4 to uphold individual mandate
- Court says the requirement to have insurance is a tax, and is constitutional.
- Court says on Medicaid that the federal government may not take Medicaid from states that refuse to take part. (That is a limited ruling, without striking it down. In the ruling the court offered the government a way to remedy this potential problem.)
- Court vindicates, affirms Presidential and congressional power in an important issue like health care.