UT Law Professor Gives Perspective On Affordable Health Care Ruling
Updated: Monday, July 2 2012, 05:36 PM CDT
A University of Texas law professor called the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Health Care Act fascinating and completely unexpected.
In a 5-4 vote, the justices upheld the law's individual mandate. It ruled the government can tax citizens over whatever it wants. So it is legal for the government to fine or tax for people who don't have health insurance.
Although it upheld the mandate, the Supreme Court struck down the commerce clause meaning the government cannot force citizens to buy something, such as health care.
Cross says the conservatives who fought to overturn the insurance mandate shouldn't be upset.
"They shouldn't be because they won legally. They lost politically, but they won legally. So those who are concerned about the legal aspect should be quite happy," he said.
Cross also said he was surprised that Chief Justice John Roberts, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, was the deciding vote to uphold the mandate based on tax law.