SCOTUS Rules Obama Health Care Upheld

With the caveat that the individual mandate is regarded as a tax in response to the commerce clause argument, the PPACA has basically survived in full. Amy Howe of the amazing SCOTUSblog explained in the live chat:

In Plain English: The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional. There were not five votes to uphold it on the ground that Congress could use its power to regulate commerce between the states to require everyone to buy health insurance. However, five Justices agreed that the penalty that someone must pay if he refuses to buy insurance is a kind of tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power. That is all that matters. Because the mandate survives, the Court did not need to decide what other parts of the statute were constitutional, except for a provision that required states to comply with new eligibility requirements for Medicaid or risk losing their funding. On that question, the Court held that the provision is constitutional as long as states would only lose new funds if they didn’t comply with the new requirements, rather than all of their funding.

The reporting on the SCOTUS ruling was truly something to behold and write about, but as it’s so easy to kick someone who’s lying down (CNN), I created a Storify collation of the tweets trying to explain it.

You should also check out these two posts on the Something Awful forums regarding CNN’s embarrassing flip-flops with not correction notices; as the second link shows, they completely changed the wording of the 10:06 update, as if they had never botched the interpretation 100%. Shameful, ignorant, and incompetent. But we already expected that from CNN.