In a split decision, the Supreme Court decided to uphold Obama’s signature health care law’s individual mandate. In an apparently complex opinion, the mandate has been upheld as a tax, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the liberal wing of the court.
Chief Justice John Roberts is a conservative who was appointed by President George W. Bush. To the surprise of many, he provided the key vote to preserve Obama’s landmark health care law.
Although this individual healthcare mandate remains 18 months away, many provisions have already gone into effect.
President Obama has said in the past that ObamaCare was “not a tax.” However, the Department of Justice attorneys argued over the past several months that it was a tax and the majority of the Supreme Court agreed.
This ruling is a victory for President Obama, protecting for now that his signature domestic policy achievement remains intact.