Live coverage: Obamacare meets SCOTUS death panel; Update: Individual mandate survives as a tax

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This morning the Supreme Court finally hands down the long-awaited decision on the constitutionality of President Obama’s beloved Affordable Care Act.

Nancy Pelosi said we had to pass the bill to find out what’s in it. Today we learn whether or not the Supreme Court agrees that “what’s in it” is as “ironclad” as Pelosi claims.

Will the individual mandate survive the SCOTUS death panel? Will the decision cite the “good and welfare clause“? Will Ross and Rachel live happily ever after?  Stay tuned. Twitchy will bring you live updates throughout the morning.

Keep in mind, if there are other opinions first, we may not actually know until 1015-1020ish

— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) June 28, 2012

Let’s hope there’s no Twitpocalypse this morning.

Today will we learn many things. Among them: to what degree has Twitter invested in server upgrades?

— Omri Ceren (@cerenomri) June 28, 2012

DNC ready with 2 press releases. If Kennedy votes yes, "Court is Solomonic." If Kennedy overturns: "Rule of law is dead!"

— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) June 28, 2012

The justices have taken the bench.

— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) June 28, 2012

The scene outside the Supreme Court:

Protesters outside #SCOTUS chanting "Strike it down! Strike it down!"

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 28, 2012

Soon, friends, soon.

Here we go. Opinions about to start. ACA probably in 15 mins. #SCOTUS #teamlyle

— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 28, 2012

But first:

#SCOTUS invalidates Stolen Valor Act, but Congress may be able to rewrite the statute.

— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 28, 2012

And …

Roberts reading Healthcare ruling NOW!

— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) June 28, 2012

https://twitter.com/vplus/statuses/218344838607802368

SCOTUS: "The individual mandate is not a valid exercise of Congress's power under the Commerce Clause."

— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) June 28, 2012

We’re seeing conflicting accounts.

The most confusing possible ruling!

— Peter Suderman (@petersuderman) June 28, 2012

#SCOTUS upholds #ACA individual mandate.

— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 28, 2012

CONFUSION! RT @stephenfhayes: RT @BuzzFeedBen: Wait: AP and CNN just reported opposite outcomes.

— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) June 28, 2012

CNN still reporting that the mandate is struck down.

— Peter Suderman (@petersuderman) June 28, 2012

https://twitter.com/EvanPokroy/statuses/218345786692481025

Looks like Medicaid expansion may be optional for states in #HCR

— Marilyn Serafini (@marilynserafini) June 28, 2012

Death and taxes, the only certainties.

It appears that the law will stand w/ the mandate under the TAXING POWER, not the COMMERCE POWER.

— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) June 28, 2012

"So the mandate is constitutional. Chief Justice Roberts joins the left of the Court." #SCOTUSBlog

— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) June 28, 2012

SCOTUS: Mandate "may reasonably be characterized as a tax." It survives.

— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) June 28, 2012

It’s looking like Chief Justice Roberts’ vote saved Obamacare.

CJ Roberts' fifth #SCOTUS vote saved the #ACA.

— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 28, 2012

SCOTUSblog: entire ACA is upheld, with the exception that federal government's power to terminate states' Medicaid funds is narrowly read.

— James Pethokoukis (@JimPethokoukis) June 28, 2012

From the Court: The mandate max be regarded as a tax. "That is sufficient to sustain it."

— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 28, 2012

reuters: DISSENTING JUSTICES INCLUDE SCALIA, KENNEDY, THOMAS, ALITO

— Peter Doocy (@pdoocy) June 28, 2012

Reaction:

The government now has NO limits over any detail of our lives.

— jon gabriel (@exjon) June 28, 2012

In 9-0 decision, SCOTUS upholds universal right not to tweet about something if you don't know what's going on.

— Gartenstein-Ross (@DaveedGR) June 28, 2012

The next few months are gonna be FULL of "Obama raised your taxes" ads.

— Jon Henke (@JonHenke) June 28, 2012

Okay, SCOTUS just essentially ruled that Obama passed one of the biggest tax increases on the middle class in American history.

— Ken Gardner (@kesgardner) June 28, 2012

SCOTUS credibility now tanked. Thanks, jackwagons.

— 'Teahadist' h/t@DMat (@smitty_one_each) June 28, 2012

Rep. Dave Schweikert (R-AZ): The Court just woke up a sleeping giant…the election just changed. #SCOTUS #healthcare

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 28, 2012

Galling to watch the MSM happy.

— John Nolte (@NolteNC) June 28, 2012

How ironic is it if Romney wins in November because of outrage over a law that Obama modeled on one of his own?

— Rachael Larimore (@RachaelBL) June 28, 2012

This is the most unpredictable result imaginable. Absolutely zero ppl are collecting on their prediction pools.

— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) June 28, 2012

Establishment, big government GOP statist nominated Chief Justice who is establishment, big government statist. Thanks Bush.

— B Fojtik (@PositiveEnerG) June 28, 2012

This is a defeat for the American people, but it's a much smaller one under the tax laws than commerce clause.

— Andrew (@theSh3p) June 28, 2012

I am utterly disgusted. The Federal Government can delve into all apsects of our lives now. WTF???? We are screwed

— The Honey Badger (@stix1972) June 28, 2012

Out: The #Obamacare mandate. In: The massive, regressive, oppressive #Obamacare TAX.

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) June 28, 2012

Obamacare lives and liberty dies. Welcome to the United Socialist States of America.

— Larry Grooms (@larrygrooms) June 28, 2012

More details:

Expansion of Medicaid is constitutional (key), but States can't be stripped of funds for not complying with expansion provisions.

— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 28, 2012

Breyer and Kagan joined Roberts in ruling Medicaid expansion violates the Constitution.

— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) June 28, 2012

SCOTUSblog: Apologies – you can't refuse to pay the tax; typo. The only effect of not complying with the mandate is that you pay the tax.

— James Pethokoukis (@JimPethokoukis) June 28, 2012

Scalia/Kennedy/Thomas/Alito dissent calls decision "a vast judicial overreaching."

— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) June 28, 2012

Kennedy argued that the act is invalid in its entirety.

— Peter Suderman (@petersuderman) June 28, 2012

Allowing states to opt out of the Medicaid expansion is pretty huge.

— Peter Suderman (@petersuderman) June 28, 2012

The biggest change is that states can opt out of the Medicaid expansion with no loss of existing federal funds. Expect that many will.

— Peter Suderman (@petersuderman) June 28, 2012

Full text of the ruling:

For those so inclined, you can read the actual ruling of the Supreme Court here (PDF): http://t.co/w8dQllAA

— Christopher Penn (@cspenn) June 28, 2012

Some questions remain:

Key question w/Medicaid decision is whether the Court has given GOP GOVs a viable exit strategy to opt out.

— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) June 28, 2012

If it's a tax, is it not a capitation?

— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) June 28, 2012

In a nutshell:

Bottom line from #SCOTUS, Obama Administration wins. Challenge to #ACA fails.

— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 28, 2012

Time to reload. We can see November from the steps of the Supreme Court.

#FullRepeal and nothing less.

— Teri Christoph (@TeriChristoph) June 28, 2012

Twitchy will continue to bring you reaction to the ruling throughout the day.

UPDATE:

More Twitchy coverage:

Oops: ‘Real reporters’ have ‘Dewey Defeats Truman’ moment on Obamacare ruling

Top DNC staffers gloat over Obamacare, taunt GOP ‘bitches,’ ‘mother******s’

Justice Thomas dissents, Left hurls vile racial slurs ‘house nigga,’ ‘Uncle Tom’

Left attacks Sarah Palin’s ‘slut’ daughters and ‘retard’ son after she tweets about SCOTUS ruling; Update: Death wishes

Celebrities weigh in on SCOTUS decision; from faint praise to ‘Snoopy dance’

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/06/28/live-coverage-obamacare-meets-scotus-death-panel/

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