The U.S. Supreme Court has backed the individual mandate of Obama's signature health care law.
The court handed down the 5-4 decision Thursday morning.
"We do not consider whether the act embodies sound policies," Chief Justice Roberts wrote. "That judgment is entrusted to the nation's elected leaders. We ask only whether Congress has the power under the Constitution to enact the challenged provisions."
(See how the decision will affect you through this interactive feature from the Washington Post.)
As might be expected, the ruling has set off a firestorm of opinion over whether the court's ruling was the correct one, with the chief justice serving as the lightning rod for angry conservatives.
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