The Court upheld the law in its entirety, with the power of the federal government to terminate states' Medicaid funding read narrowly. 5-4 with Chief Justice Roberts voting with the more liberal Justices (Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan).
"Our precedent demonstrates that Congress had the
power to impose the exaction in Section 5000A under the taxing power,
and that Section 5000A need not be read to do more than impose a tax.
This is sufficient to sustain it." So people aren't being forced to buy insurance; they just get taxed if they don't.
The Court upholds the Medicaid expansion but says the federal government can't take away their existing Medicaid funding if they don't. "Nothing in our opinion precludes Congress from
offering funds under the ACA to expand the availability of health care,
and requiring that states accepting such funds comply with the
conditions on their use. What Congress is not free to do is to penalize
States that choose not to participate in that new program by taking
away their existing Medicaid funding."
I don't have the opinion yet - this is all from Scotusblog, but it's being reported everywhere, so I think we can be certain that we're out of the woods!
WE WILL GET COVERAGE OF OUR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
More to come later, once the opinion is released and I read it. But this is a great day for people with chronic illnesses. Indeed, a great day for America. Jennifer