So Obamacare looks like its standing then. Despite Obama saying repeatedly in campaigning that it wasn't a tax, it seems his legal team argued, successfully, that it is constitutional as a tax.
EDIT: Seemingly, the states may be able to opt out of the extension of Medicaid. A win for Obama overall, but those states who sued seemed to have won on that specific issue which they brought the case on.
All abit hazy atm.
EDIT 2: See pp. 31-32 of the Supreme Court ruling which explains how it can be unconstitutional as regulating commerce, but constitutional as a tax.
Here is essentially the main point:
Those subject to the individual mandate may lawfully forgo health insurance and pay higher taxes, or buy health insurance and pay lower taxes. The only thing they may not lawfully do is not buy health insurance and not pay the resulting tax.
Last edited by tc92; 28-06-2012 at 16:01.