June 28 - The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law in a 5 to 4 decision. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court Thursday upheld the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare overhaul law that requires that most Americans get insurance by 2014 or pay a financial penalty. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court's majority in the opinion. He said, quote: "The Affordable Care Act's requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax." "Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness," he concluded. The vote was 5-4. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters