Court Upholds Healthcare Reform Law

Madeleine Lovette

On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The 5–4 decision came as a shock to many, particularly since it was Chief Justice John Roberts who cast the deciding vote.

Before the decision was announced, former Supreme Court clerks, experienced attorneys, and numerous Supreme Court scholars had all supposed that the Court would strike down the law’s central provision, the individual mandate. Many also anticipated that the mandatory Medicaid coverage expansion would be overturned as well.

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