High court upholds key part of Obama health law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The individual mandate survives.

The Supreme Court has upheld the heart of President Barack
Obama's health care overhaul -- ruling in favor of the requirement
that most Americans can be required to have health insurance, or
else pay a penalty.

The decision means the historic overhaul will continue to take
effect over the next several years, affecting the way countless
Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care.

The ruling also hands President Barack Obama a campaign-season
victory.

The court found problems with the law's expansion of Medicaid.
But even there, it said the expansion could proceed as long as the
federal government does not threaten to withhold the entire
Medicaid allotment to states if they don't take part in the
extension.

The court's four liberal justices, Stephen Bryer, Ruth Bader
Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, joined Roberts in the
outcome.


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