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Today, the Supremes sang.
by Maggie Mahar
To the surprise of many, they upheld the individual mandate requiring that most Americans buy insurance–or face a modest penalty. The vote was 5-4 with Chief Justice Roberts joining the majority. The court overturned just one small part of the legislation. Under the Affordable Care Act, the federal government is offering states funding to expand their Medicaid programs. Washington had threatened to withhold all Medicaid funding if a state refused to participate in the expansion. The Court ruled that the federal government cannot penalize the states in that way.