Text of the Obamacare bill and ruling

Obamacare. The Affordable Care Act. The health care bill. Whatever name you call it by, it affects you in more ways than you know.

No, it has not been repealed. Yes, it’s still the law. It went into effect on October 1, 2013. You want the full text of the bill? Just the facts? Here you go.

The bill everyone knows as “Obamacare” is officially called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Senate passed it on December 24, 2009, the House passed it on March 21, 2010, and President Obama signed it into law on March 23, 2010.

[ Representatives who voted for it ] [ Senators who voted for it ]

Immediately afterward, Congress used the reconciliation process to pass a bill amending Obamacare. It’s called the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. President Obama signed it into law on March 30, 2010.

[ Representatives who voted for it ] [ Senators who voted for it ]

Here’s the text of the Supreme Court opinion that claims Obamacare is constitutional:

1/18/12 Update: Want to see what your medical care will be like under Obamacare? Visit a local VA hospital, or read this story of the VA’s neglect of an injured Air Force veteran. Government health care is about as friendly, helpful, innovative, and responsive as any Bureau of Motor Vehicles office.

3/23/12 Update: Consider.

Ultimately, the question [confronted by the Supreme Court on Monday] will hinge on whether the Commerce Clause has any limits. If the federal government can compel a private citizen, under threat of a federally imposed penalty, to engage in a private contract with a private entity (to buy health insurance), is there anything the federal government cannot compel the citizen to do?

If Obamacare is upheld, it fundamentally changes the nature of the American social contract. It means the effective end of a government of enumerated powers — i.e., finite, delineated powers beyond which the government may not go, beyond which lies the free realm of the people and their voluntary institutions. The new post-Obamacare dispensation is a central government of unlimited power from which citizen and civil society struggle to carve out and maintain spheres of autonomy.

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