In a 5-4 decision Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Obama's health care law in a splintered, complex opinion that appears to give President Obama a major victory, according to USA Today.
Basically, the justices said that the individual mandate -- the requirement that most Americans must buy health insurance or pay a fine -- is constitutional as a tax.
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Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative appointed by President George W. Bush, provided the key vote to preserve the landmark health care law.
The controversial health care bill was first introduced to Congress in 2009, and Obama signed it into law in March 2010.
- Whether it was within Congress’s constitutional powers to impose an “individual mandate” to purchase health insurance
- Whether all or any additional parts of the law must be struck down if the mandate is rejected
- Whether an expansion of Medicaid was unduly coercive on the states
- And whether all of those questions can even be reviewed before the mandate takes effect.
The most crucial issue before the court was considered to be the individual mandate.
The controversial health care provision was signed into law in 2010.
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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal voiced his opinion on Facebook. “While we recognize this is a huge setback for fiscal sanity and personal liberty, we are not giving up," as quoted on his social media page. "Georgians and the American people deserve high-quality, sustainable health care. Congress must now work steadfastly on repealing this law and replacing it with reforms that help taxpayers instead of hurt them.”