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The reform also will help contain health-care costs, which have spiraled out of control.
The legal case against the reform law was mostly about the "individual mandate" that required Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. Many thought the law would be rejected by the court under the Commerce Clause. But the court's majority went in another legal direction, calling the penalty for those without insurance a tax.
The 5-4 decision, with Chief Justice
Roberts, a conservative, sided with the court's liberal bloc to let the law stand. In upholding the law passed by
Roberts made it clear that the court should allow the people of
Roberts concluded: "It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices."
That is our system. People who don't like the Affordable Care Act can go to the polls in November and elect representatives and a president who promise to change it. Supporters of the law can vote for those who will back it.
We believe the law is a huge improvement on the status quo, although it certainly is not perfect. Critics want to continue a health-care system that's costly, unfair and unworkable for a large segment of Americans.
But because the reform law is so sweeping, there are bound to be unintended consequences that must be remedied in the legislative process. There also are many aspects of the law that are not fully understood, and we need to know how they will impact individuals, businesses and health-care providers. Health-care reform is a work in progress, and
But today, the
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