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.

The Court upheld the mandate as a tax by a 5-4 vote.

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