We told you not to panic after oral arguments did not appear to go well on the Affordable Care Act.  And then we reminded you this week.

It appears that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act.  To Paraphrase the Vice President, this is a Big F’n Deal.  The decision is quite complicated.  We will parse through the opinion, which Can be found here, and try to explain the impact on Ohio in plain English as soon as we are able.

In the mean time, this is how ScotusBlog has described it:

In Plain English: The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional. There were not five votes to uphold it on the ground that Congress could use its power to regulate commerce between the states to require everyone to buy health insurance. However, five Justices agreed that the penalty that someone must pay if he refuses to buy insurance is a kind of tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power. That is all that matters. Because the mandate survives, the Court did not need to decide what other parts of the statute were constitutional, except for a provision that required states to comply with new eligibility requirements for Medicaid or risk losing their funding. On that question, the Court held that the provision is constitutional as long as states would only lose new funds if they didn’t comply with the new requirements, rather than all of their funding.

Meanwhile, please post questions in the comments section and we will try to address them.

  • Retired Mercer

    Will the Supreme Court decision get Lieutenant Governor Taylor moving finally, to begin setting up Ohio’s health care exchange as mandated?

  • TJsClone

    Calling Jeffrey Toobin!
    Mr Toobin?
    Where are you?

  • westparkguy

    I had a feeling that this was going to happen after Scalia’s rant on immigration last week. He didn’t seem like a happy camper.

    I just didn’t think Roberts would be the one to save it. I was thinking Kennedy. That being said, if the right wing nutjobs want to impeach Roberts, I wouldn’t be sad to see him go.

  • Leonidas

    Probably not. But then Ohio would participate in the federal exchange — which is probably better than having an exchange run by Kasich et al.

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