Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Supreme Court upholds Obama health-care reform

Catholic World News - June 28, 2012

The US Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of President Obama’s sweeping health-care reform legislation.

Writing for the majority in a hotly contested 5-4 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts said that the individual mandate—the requirement that every citizen must purchase health insurance—was in effect a tax. “Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness,” he wrote. The dissenting justices, in a joint opinion, said: “In our view, the act before us is invalid in its entirety.”

The June 28 ruling does not affect the lawsuits brought by Catholic institutions to challenge the law’s requirement that all health-care insurance programs must include coverage for contraception. Those suits will continue to move forward.

The US bishops’ conference responded to the Supreme Court decision by urging Congress to change the law, saying that it should be amended to eliminate funding for abortion, ensure conscience rights, and provide protection for immigrants. The statement noted that the US bishops have not sought to overturn the legislation entirely.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($25,943 to go):
$35,000.00 $9,056.70
74% 26%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: koinonia - Jun. 28, 2012 7:08 PM ET USA

    Looking for a good word to describe this..."Frightening" works for the time being.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jun. 28, 2012 6:25 PM ET USA

    I'm wondering if the fact that the Supreme Court has agreed that the fines imposed for noncompliance are a "tax" means that the Church and her organizations being 501(c)3 would be exempt from the tax?

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Church Fathers: The Other Greek Apologists 16 hours ago
Mysteries, again and again! April 17
Tips for getting comfortable with evangelization April 17
The Shroud of Turin on Display (and an odd canonical case against it) April 16
The Vatican says the LCWR is acting Catholic. And that's news. April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope challenges world leaders' silence on persecution of Christians CWN - April 6
Pope outlines plans for the extraordinary jubilee of mercy CWN - April 13
Vatican completes doctrinal assessment of Leadership Conference of Women Religious CWN - April 16