The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld in its entirety the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law that is the signature domestic achievement of the Obama Administration.

The court ruled 5-4 with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the liberal wing. Roberts in the opinion noted that the individual mandate--the core provision of reform that would pay for many of its initiatives--“is not a valid exercise of the Commerce Clause,” which covers congressional ability to regulate commerce. However, the court added that Congress has the authority to implement the mandate under the taxing clauses of the Constitution.

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