June 28th 2012 was a big day for health care.  With the passing of the Affordable Care Act by a vote of 5-4 by the Supreme Court, by 2014 most Americans will need to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty. The expansion had originally been designed to provide coverage to 17 million Americans.  According to the New York Times, the court’s ruling was the most significant federalism decision since the New Deal in 1936.

“The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. “Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness.”

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