The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold the Affordable Care Act, including the controversial mandate. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s four liberals and became the deciding vote, the justices ruled that the so-called individual mandate is a tax that Congress can impose on Americans. That undercut the challenge to that provision’s constitutionality for allegedly violating the Commerce Clause. Chief Justice Roberts wrote: “It is reasonable to construe what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who have a certain amount of income, but choose to go without insurance. Such legislation is within Congress’ power to tax.” NCPR is providing special coverage now. We’ll also air a special edition of NPR’s Talk of the Nation call-in program at 2 to 3pm today.
Were you surprised by the Supreme Court’s decision? What do you think will happen now?