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Health Care Reform – What Happens Now that the Supreme Court has Decided to Uphold the Mandate?

Posted in Health and Welfare Plans

by Amy M. Gordon, Susan M. Nash and Maureen O’Brien

On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the most significant provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Act), including the controversial individual mandate.  The vote was 5-4 and the majority opinion was written by Chief Justice John Roberts.  Ironically, the justices concluded that the mandate was not a valid exercise of Congress’ commerce clause power but was a proper use of Congress’ tax authority.  One of the most complicated issues that everyone struggled with, the severability issue, is now moot because the individual mandate was upheld.

Click here to view the Supreme Court opinion.

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