The deliberation is finally over: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act stays.
The Supreme Court announced this morning that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is, in fact, constitutional, ending months of speculation and debate over President Obama’s long-fought battle. The lawpiece, the individual mandate, will have both immediate and long-term ramifications for almost all Americans, but mostly for the nation’s 50 million uninsured.
Most recently, a Harris poll found two-thirds of the public disapproved of the individual mandate. But that didn’t stop them from liking other parts of the law: For example, four in five U.S. adults agree that neither children nor adults should be denied health insurance if they have a pre-existing condition (83 percent), and three-quarters of Americans agree tax credits should be offered to individuals if they bought their own health insurance.
President Barack Obama signed the act on March 23, 2010, among strong partisan lines. Soon after, 26 states—led by Florida—sued the government over the mandate, arguing individuals couldn’t be forced to buy insurance.