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Healthcare mandate Constitutional

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled today that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. “The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that certain in­dividuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax,” wrote Chief Justice Roberts. “Be­cause the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness.”

RULING (PDF) posted by CNN.


To see President Obama's speech after the decision was announced visit the White House's website.

Video of video of U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen's (WA-2) speech in Congress about healthcare reform.

Documents, briefs, etc. from the case at the Supreme Court are posted on its website. (The decision hadn't been posted there as of 11 a.m.)

For more information on the Affordable Health Care Act itself visit www.healthcare.gov/.

Senator Patty Murray's statement.

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