SCOTUS: Health Care Reform Decision, UPDATED

In a bare bones analysis of the just-released opinion regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (P.L. 111-148), it appears based on media reports that PPACA was found constitutional in a 5-4 decision, with the controversial individual mandate standing after being found an allowable tax.

Our analysis today will be as follows:

  • A look at the majority opinion, first regarding the individual mandate and then the Medicaid issues.
  • A look at the dissenting opinion, written by Justice Kennedy
  • Chief Justice Robert’s independent writing
  • Justice Ginsberg’s independent writing

You can find a PDF of the opinion here: PPACA