BREAKING: Health care law upheld!

The Supreme Court just delivered their decision on the American Care Act, and it’s mostly a huge win for supporters of the law. The individual mandate, requiring people to purchase health care, was upheld, but the mandate is a tax. Individuals could refuse to pay the tax and not comply, but the mandate falls under Congress’ power to impose taxes.

The Medicaid extension seems to be the most complicated part of the ruling. The majority also ruled that the extension is constitutional, but Congress cannot take away state’s Medicaid for refusing to participate in the new extensions.

One of the most exciting parts of this win is that Chief Justice Roberts was the swing vote. I don’t know exactly what that means for the future of this Court, but it gives me some hope.

There will be plenty more analysis on this decision all over the internets in the days ahead. In the mean time, check out SCOTUSblog’s live blog for much more immediate analysis.

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Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

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    Jos- For the record, I am totally celebrating the decision with you. However, I think that while Paul is wrong in saying that the ACA is unconstitutional, that does not mean that he is wrong in saying that being constitutional does not=being declared by the Supreme Court to be so. I blogged about that here. (http://lizzywingf.tumblr.com/)