Court upholds heart of Obama health law

2012-06-28 18:00
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Washington - The US Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, handing him a huge election-year political victory.

The decision means the historic overhaul will continue to go into effect over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care.

The decision, written by chief justice John Roberts, sided with Obama on the centrepiece of the law which requires all Americans to have health insurance or face a federal fine. The court's judgment allows the law to go forward with its aim of covering more than 30 million uninsured Americans.

The court found problems with the law's expansion of Medicaid - federal health coverage for the poor - but even there, it said the expansion could proceed as long as the federal government does not threaten to withhold states' entire Medicaid allotment if they don't take part in the law's extension.

Republicans, with an eye on the November presidential election, were quick to respond.

"Today's Supreme Court decision sets the stakes for the November election. Now, the only way to save the country from ObamaCare's budget-busting government takeover of health care is to elect a new president," party chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.

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