Supreme Court Stuns: Upholds ACA, Including Individual Mandate
ASCP Will Continue Proactive Stance on Implementation of ACA
In a stunning victory for President Barack Obama, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld almost all of the President’s signature healthcare law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), including its controversial individual mandate. In a decision that rocked the nation, the 5–4 decision, included the support of Chief Justice Roberts, usually a reliably conservative member of the court, along with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayer, Stephen Breyer, and Elena Kagen. Justice Anthony Kennedy, often a swing vote who many thought would decide the case, voted in the minority, which argued that the ACA is its entirety, not just the individual mandate, was unconstitutional.