In a major decision Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a crucial piece of the federal Affordable Care Act: an individual mandate requiring all Americans purchase health insurance.
The contentious portion of the law — which drew disputes among Congressional lawmakers in 2009 and was fought on legal grounds by Attorneys General across the United States since — is considered the “heart” of the law, according to CBS.
“The decision creates some certainty surrounding federal health care policy, allowing federal and state rulemakers to, for now, implement this law,” CBS said.
According to The Associated Press, the high court “rejected arguments that Congress went too far in requiring most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.”
In the United States there are 30 million people today who go without insurance. Through the mandate, the law hopes to stem this problem, as well as .
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