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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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2015 years 10 months ago

It happened to Eisenhower with Earl Warren.

It happened to George H.W. Bush with David Souter.

It happened to George W. Bush with John Roberts.

God help the United States. The Constitution has been relegated to the dustbin of history.

just one man
2015 years 10 months ago

We are all living in a country that is on the turning point of a power hungry goverment. My only worry is that the course of “push”..”shove”…”shoot” is the escalating thought.
We all should be prepared for that.

I have but one thing to say about this ruling.


2015 years 10 months ago

Thats your god -giving right.If you are not paying for it, who is?I assume you go to the doctor same time.You just might be one of the few that can pay out of pocket.This might make sense to you or it might not.At one time i use to hate corn beef wouldn’t eat it any kind of way.One day i accidently ate a piece it was actually good.Moral,hated something i never tried until it was an accident.

2015 years 10 months ago

“We are endowed by our CREATOR with certain unalienable rights”. Jesus would not support the government taking away that which God has given. Jesus would not want the government to rob Peter to pay Paul.

We the people were taking care of each other long before the government stepped in. And if the government didn’t take so much off the top, then we the people would still be able to take care of each other.

2015 years 10 months ago

I completely agree. Too bad that by the time the liberals figure it out, it will be too late.


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