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Supreme Court upholds Obama healthcare law

The Supreme Court of the United States in 2010 (Source: Steve Petteway/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States/The Oyez Project) The Supreme Court of the United States in 2010 (Source: Steve Petteway/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States/The Oyez Project)
President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and senior staff members celebrate as the House of Representatives passes the healthcare reform bill on March 21, 2010. (Source: Pete Souza/the White House) President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and senior staff members celebrate as the House of Representatives passes the healthcare reform bill on March 21, 2010. (Source: Pete Souza/the White House)

WASHINGTON, DC (WAVE) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday morning that the Obama Administration's 2010 healthcare law is constitutional.

The decision came on the last day of decisions from the court.

The high court ruled that the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) mandate that all Americans purchase health insurance by 2014 is not an overextension of Congress' power.

During arguments on March 27, conservative Justice Samuel Alito expressed concern that the mandate is "not requiring the people who are subject to it to pay for the services that they are going to consume ... It is requiring them to subsidize service that will be received by somebody else."

However, not all justices took issue with the mandate.  

"It just seems very strange to me that there's no question we can have a Social Security system besides all the people who say, 'I'm being forced to pay for something that I don't want," liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said. She noted the legislation was working to make room for the private sector while still providing affordable care.

WAVE 3 will have complete analysis and reaction to the ruling on WAVE 3 News Midday at 11 a.m. on wave3.com and on our later newscasts beginning at 5 p.m.

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