Medical Insurance for Everyone in the US

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States Supreme Court today declared the central element of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform, which forces Americans to take out medical insurance.

The highest judicial instance ruled that the so-called "individual mandate" is not constitutional under the Commerce Law, as the Government had argued, but it can be under the tax law.

The Supreme Court's complex ruling is a victory for the Barack Obama administration, as the legislation has been endorsed by the judges.

Supreme Chief John Roberts tipped the balance, 5 to 4, for the so-called "individual mandate" to go ahead, though Congress should review its concrete implementation.

The ruling keeps Obama's key healthcare reform alive at key points and only requires certain adjustments, experts say.