5 pm - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal put out a release expressing disappointment in the ruling and called it "a huge setback for fiscal sanity and personal liberty." State Attorney General Sam Olens joined Deal in calling for Congress to repeal the law, and Deal hinted at a news conference that Georgia is unlikely to take steps to implement the law until after the November election.
3:53 pm - A Sandy Springs physical therapist talks about why she supports today's Supreme Court ruling, for personal and professional reasons.
3:37 pm - The NPR website has posted a copy of the Supreme Court's decision, complete with reporters' notes explaining the legal logic behind the ruling.
3:10 pm - People in and around Decatur weigh in on the court's decision. Though this is a liberal leaning community, opinions are mixed.
2:05 pm - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says it's too soon to say if Georgia will set up its own insurance exchange program or allow Georgians to be under a federally-run insurance exchange. He noted the election is in November and that could determine how Georgia moves forward. "We are probably going to be in a holding pattern" until the fall elections, he said.
Deal said the state would have to spend more than $620 million in additional funds if it were to expand Medicaid coverage and address the other state-level provisions in the Affordable Health Care Act. [UPATE: Deal corrects himself and says the dollar figure would be $76.3 million to expand health care coverage to an additional 620,000 Georgians.]
"It's way too early to know exactly what the outcome is going to be there."
Deal said he was surprised that the court upheld the individual mandate.
1:24 pm - Atlanta-based WebMD offers a breakdown of what the health care law means for people's daily lives.
1:05 pm - Here's what some Tucker Patch readers have to say about the decision.
12:49 - DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis releases a statement praising the Supreme Court ruling:
“Today is a great day for millions of Americans and nearly two million Georgians who currently live without health insurance. ...I commend President Barack Obama for his vision and willingness to fight on behalf of the American people.”
12:15 - President Obama speaks and calls the ruling a victory for all Americans. "No illness or accident should lead to any family's financial ruin." He reviews the most popular elements of the Affordable Health Care Act, including a provision that allows parents to keep adult children on their family health plan longer.
11:56 - Mitt Romney calls for "repeal of Obamacare" during address to media in Washington. "I'm asking the people of America to join me ... help us defeat the liberal agenda."
10:40 - Georgia's GOP chairwoman voices her opposition to the decision.
10:37 - Fox News reports that President Obama will address the Supreme Court ruling in the next few hours.
10:19 - Supreme Court has upheld the the Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 decision.
10:16 - CNN now reports that a more thorough review of the ruling shows that the invididual mandate has been upheld. It appears that the Obama healthcare law as a whole has been upheld.
10:14 - CNN reports that the U.S. Supreme Court has issued its long-awaited ruling on President Obama's health care overhaul, known as the Affordable Care Act. The network reports that the individual mandate, the requirement that all Americans buy insurance, is unconstitutional.
Patch will provide updates throughout the day, but we want to hear what you think?
Did the court make the right decision? And what about the political implications - is today's decision helps or hurts Obama's run for reelection?
Tell us what you think in the comments area below.
Here is some background material for readers who want to dive into the details:
- You can find the full text of the law at Healthcare.gov.
- The Washington Post offers some interesting graphics that show several parts of the law have been very popular, though the law as a whole has struggled to get support from a majority of Americans.
- The New York Times has broken down the number of uninsured people in America based on whether the law is upheld.
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