The Supreme Court announced today that by a 5-4 vote they have upheld all major parts of the Affordable Care Act, the landmark health care legislation President Barack Obama signed into law in 2010. Chief Justice John Roberts essentially cast the tie-breaking vote, siding with the court's four consistently more liberal justices to uphold the law. The ruling means that a requirement for all individuals to obtain health care, starting in 2014, is still federal law.
A major expansion of the federal-state Medicaid program for poor, elderly and disabled patients was also mainly upheld.
Check back with Progress Illinois for more on how the court's decision impacts the Prarie State.