In a huge victory for President Obama and Democratic attempts to implement a near-universal health care system, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual mandate, the central provision of the Affordable Care Act. The court said the mandate — which requires that most Americans acquire insurance or pay a fine — fell within Congress' constitutional right to tax the country's citizens. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court's liberal wing in the 5-4 decision, which effectively upheld nearly every key provision of ObamaCare.
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