ACA @ SCOTUS
PG was working on a post with an eye on the clock. Any minute now, the Supremes were going to rule on the Affordable Care Act. This is part of the process. After the law comes out of the sausage factory, the lawyers attack and defend. Finally, it goes to the Supremes. Scotusblog has the story.
Tom: 520,000 contemporaneous readers. 10:07
Tom: First American was dismissed. 10:07
Amy Howe: We have health care opinion. 10:08
Amy Howe: Parsing it asap. 10:08
Amy Howe: The individual mandate survives as a tax. 10:09
Amy Howe: It’s very complicated, so we’re still figuring it out. 10:10
Kali: We are still here. Don’t worry. 10:10
Tom: So the mandate is constitutional. Chief Justice Roberts joins the left of the Court.10:11
Amy Howe: The Medicaid provision is limited but not invalidated. 10:13
Tom: The bottom line: the entire ACA is upheld, with the exception that the federal government’s power to terminate states’ Medicaid funds is narrowly read. 10:15
Tom: We’re still here; taking a deeper dive into the opinion. Back soon. 10:15
Tom: Link to the opinion isn’t up yet. 10:15
Tom: Chief Justice Roberts’ vote saved the ACA. 10:18
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