The U. S. Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision in favor of Obamacare, by upholding the individual insurance mandate. The swing vote was by Chief Justice John Roberts, a Bush appointee, who joined the liberal contingent of the court. Four of the five justices in the majority, upheld the individual mandate on the basis of Congress' power to regulate interstate commerce. However, Chief Justice Roberts upheld the law on the basis of it essentially being a tax by staing;
"If an individual does not maintain health insurance, the only consequence is that he must make an additional payment to the IRS when he pays his taxes."
As of now, approximately six percent of the population will be required, under the affirmed law starting in 2014, to buy health insurance or face paying an additional tax of one percent of their income. Only time will tell.
Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.