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WASHINGTON (AP) — The individual mandate survives.

The Supreme Court has upheld the heart of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul — ruling in favor of the requirement that most Americans can be required to have health insurance, or else pay a penalty.

The decision means the historic overhaul will continue to take effect over the next several years, affecting the way countless Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care.

The ruling also hands President Barack Obama a campaign-season victory.

The court found problems with the law’s expansion of Medicaid. But even there, it said the expansion could proceed as long as the federal government does not threaten to withhold the entire Medicaid allotment to states if they don’t take part in the extension.

The court’s four liberal justices, Stephen Bryer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, joined Roberts in the outcome.

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Guest7969
2016 years 2 months ago

The government has NEVER run a program efficiently! If you think your health care costs are going DOWN..you know..that 900 bucks Obama claims we over pay every year…if you think thats coming back into your pocket…YOUR AN IDIOT! IF you think that this isn’t a step in controlling EVERYTHING about how you live, what you eat…YOUR AN IDIOT! It won’t be long until every facet of how you live your daily life and what you put into your mouth will be controlled by the government in the name of bettering your life and keeping health costs down!… Read more »

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Guest7969
2016 years 2 months ago

KEEP THAT CRAP out of the church! Jesus taught SELF RESPONSIBILITY and love to one another. He NEVER taught that is was ok to TAKE, AKA STEAL, from your brothers pocket to line your own! YOU keep that social justice CRAP OUT of the church!

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Guest2020
2016 years 2 months ago

Today, the Supreme Court overturned our victory in the Revolutionary War.

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Guest2020
2016 years 2 months ago

I am suprised we didn’t get an earthquake with the Founding Fathers, and those who gave their lives in the Revolutionary War rolling in their graves.

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Commonsensenotcommontoday
2016 years 2 months ago

A fillibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Without that, Obamacare is going nowhere.

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