With less than six months to go before the November election, the Supreme Court has handed President Barack Obama a victory: It has upheld his federal health care law, otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act.
The high court announced Thursday, in a 5-4 decision, that it was upholding the most controversial part of the law, which is that most individuals must buy health insurance or pay a penalty.
The decision means the health care reform will move forward over the next several years, affecting the way people receive and pay for personal medical care. About 30 million of the 50 million uninsured Americans will get coverage in 2014. Click here for an easy roadmap to what it all means.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is dubbing himself the next best hope for the millions of Americans who wanted to see the law overturned, despite signing a health care law on which the president's federal law was modeled during his tenure as Massachusetts governor.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told The Associated Press that the decision sets the stakes for the Nov. 6 election.
"Now, the only way to save the country from Obamacare's budget-busting government takeover of health care is to elect a new president," Priebus said.
The Associated Press reports polling shows most Americans oppose the law, but an overwhelming majority want Congress and the president to find a new remedy.