After much controversy and debate from both sides, the Supreme Court has made a landmark decision that will effect every citizen of the United States regarding their healthcare. In a 5-4 decision, with Chief Justice John Roberts being the swing vote, the Supreme Court has decided to uphold the U.S. health care law. However, the Court did rule that it is unconstitutional to require citizens to have healthcare. CNN reported at 10:06 this morning:
In a landmark decision that will impact the nation for decades, the Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a key provision of President Barack Obama’s health care law, ruling that requiring people to have health insurance violates the Constitution.
Though this key factor of President Obama’s healthcare reform was struck down, it is not a complete loss for the bill. The bill itself can stand with proper revisions made to it. Chief Justice Roberts wrote in the majority opinion, ”When a court confronts an unconstitutional statue its endeavor must be to to conserve, not destroy the legislation.”
The Affordable Healthcare Act will be upheld. Though it is unconstitutional to require citizens to have healthcare, it is not unconstitutional to tax them for the mandate. Congress will have to spend more time reviewing this act and revising the proper aspects of it to make it abide by the Supreme Court’s standards.