Skip to main content

Obama's signature on Affordable Care Act
President Obama's signature on the SCOTUS-approved Affordable Care Act
Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the liberal members of the Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act.

Let the celebrating continue in this thread.

7:28 AM PT:
With this outcome, everyone gets what they want—health care for the uninsured, something to be angry about for the right.
@mattyglesias via TweetDeck

7:29 AM PT: SCOTUSBlog:

Justice Ginsburg makes clear that the vote is 5-4 on sustaining the mandate as a form of tax. Her opinion, for herself and Sotomayor, Breyer and Kagan, joins the key section of Roberts opinion on that point. She would go further and uphold the mandate under the Commerce Clause, which Roberts wouldn't. Her opinion on Commerce does not control.

7:30 AM PT: Also SCOTUSBlog:

The Court holds that the mandate violates the Commerce Clause, but that doesn't matter b/c there are five votes for the mandate to be constitutional under the taxing power.

7:32 AM PT: On Medicaid, from AP

The court found problems with the law's expansion of Medicaid, but even there said the expansion could proceed as long as the federal government does not threaten to withhold states' entire Medicaid allotment if they don't take part in the law's extension.
7:33 AM PT:
Saddest & most hilarious of trombones. RT @AriFleischer: I miss Justice Harriet Miers.
@delrayser via web
7:34 AM PT:
Justices also reject a group of 26 states' challenge to health-care law's expansion -WSJ
@RodrigoEBR via TweetDeck

7:36 AM PT: SCOTUSBlog give the "Plain English" summary.

The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional. There were not five votes to uphold it on the ground that Congress could use its power to regulate commerce between the states to require everyone to buy health insurance. However, five Justices agreed that the penalty that someone must pay if he refuses to buy insurance is a kind of tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power. That is all that matters. Because the mandate survives, the Court did not need to decide what other parts of the statute were constitutional, except for a provision that required states to comply with new eligibility requirements for Medicaid or risk losing their funding. On that question, the Court held that the provision is constitutional as long as states would only lose new funds if they didn't comply with the new requirements, rather than all of their funding.
7:37 AM PT:
Mood in Obama's campaign HQ like 12:01 New Year's Eve. Sound of cheering, whooping...
@GlennThrush via web
7:40 AM PT:
House Republicans headed into their closed door weekly conference meeting largely in silence, grim faced, @postroz reports.
@edatpost via HootSuite

7:41 AM PT: Sore losers:

The fight for #FullRepeal begins NOW. The way to get rid of #Obamacare is to defeat Obama in November.
@GOP via TweetDeck

7:42 AM PT: Just to reiterate, Republicans are horrified that more people will have health insurance, and are vowing that the most important thing ever is to stop that from happening.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site