WASHINGTON (WTVR) — The U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care legislation Thursday in a narrow 5-4 ruling.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, which said that the Commerce Clause of the Constitution does not give Congress the authority to require people to have health care, but that other parts of the Constitution did.
The Court’s ruling upheld the law’s central provision — a requirement that all people have health insurance.
The Supreme Court also upheld provisions that made insurance companies cover pre-existing conditions, eliminated time limits on insurance and allowed children to remain covered by their parents health insurance until the age of 26.
The Court struck down a provision that would have expanded Medicade coverage.
The Court’s multi-part ruling is still being analyzed outside the U.S. Supreme Court building. Read more here.