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Supreme Court Upholds Obama's Individual Mandate in Health Care Reform

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Washington, DC - The United States Supreme Court has upheld the individual insurance mandate in President Barack Obama's health care reform.

The court's 5-4 decision on Thursday morning handed Obama a campaign-season victory in rejecting arguments that Congress went too far in requiring most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.

The mandate requires nearly all Americans to have health insurance by 2014 or face financial penalties

President Obama spoke to the country after the decision was released, selling some of the popular points of the law. He said children with pre-existing conditions would still be covered, you can't get dropped if you get sick, and premiums won't keep rising for no reason.

"If you are one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance. This law will make it more secure and affordable. Insurance companies can no longer impose lifetime limits on amount of care you receive," said he said.

The president made sure to say that he knows some changes will be made to this law and he will continue to work to make sure it works for everyone.

Mitt Romney has pledged to repeal the health care law if elected.

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