During the oral arguments a few months ago, most of us watched several Supreme Court justices give the White House's legal counsel a pretty rough time regarding the legality of the Affordable Care Act. Of course, that was then and this is now. The Supreme Court has been debating two key points in the Act: (1) Is it constitutional for the federal government to require citizens to buy health insurance or pay a "penalty" for not buying it and (2) Is the manner in which the federal government is "encouraging" the states to follow its proscribed Medicaid program coercive or is it an appropriate use of federal power.
Well, we have the court's answer. On the first point, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in favor of the provision. This was a surprise to many, me included. On point number two, the court declared this aspect of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.
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