Darn near the entirety of the Affordable Care Act was upheld. Needless to say, I'm unbelievably excited.
The only part of the Act which was not entirely upheld was the Medicaid expansion. Under the original act, states who refused to expand their Medicaid rolls to cover everyone up to 133% of the poverty level would risk losing all their Medicaid funding they get from the government, which is billions of dollars for most states. Today's ruling says that if they refuse to expand, they would only lose the additional funds granted under the act, not their existing Medicaid funding.
So it will be fascinating, FASCINATING, to see if governors/legislatures in deep red states choose to accept funding to expand their rolls. The federal government would pay 90+% of the costs of the expansion, so it's essentially a shitload of free money being offered to each state, since people not covered by Medicaid would likely result in increased costs for everyone because hospitals would eat the cost of the uninsureds' care. But if the red state leaders accept the funding, they would run a very serious risk of being defeated in a GOP primary by a Tea Party true believer.
Have I mentioned that I'm happy?
More thoughts tonight; I guess I gotta go back to work.