The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold the individual insurance mandate and other key pieces of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Bloomberg reports.
That mandate requires all individuals to purchase health insurance or pay a fine. It also prohibits insurers to cover those with preexisting health conditions. The Supreme Court ruled on the mandate’s constitutionality based on the ability of Congress to levy fines outlined in the constitution.
As Bloomberg reports:
The decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the climax to an epic legal fight that featured the longest courtroom arguments in 44 years, a record number of briefs and extraordinary public interest in a Supreme Court case. The case tested both the constitutional powers of Congress and the willingness of the Roberts court to overrule the other two branches of the federal government.