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WASHINGTON, DC-By a vote of 5-4, the Supreme Court this morning upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Obama Administration’s signature health care reform law–including the controversial requirement of an individual mandate on which the entire act relies. The ruling is a surprise to observers; after the arguments made before the Court earlier this year, it was widely assumed that the Court would strike down portions or all of the law as unconstitutional. However, the Supreme Court decision, which had the support of Chief Justice John Roberts, upheld the individual mandate as constitutional under the Tax Clause.

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