WASHINGTON -- The individual health insurance mandate is constitutional, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday, upholding the central provision of President Barack Obama's signature Affordable Care Act.
The majority opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, upheld the mandate as a tax, although said it was not valid as an exercise of Congress' commerce clause power.
The decision in Florida v. Department of Health and Human Services comes as something of a surprise after the generally hostile reception the law received during the six hours of oral arguments held over three days in March.
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