The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the individual mandate within the health care reform law, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, can survive as a tax rather than a mandate. Chief Justice John Roberts has joined the Court’s liberal justices in affirming that the law will stand and authoring the majority decision.

The rest of the health care reform law, otherwise known as “Obamacare,” will remain intact. The provision to allow the federal government expand or limit state funds for Medicare remains in valid and was not struck down, but has been slightly limited from its original construction in the ACA.

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