President Obama speaks on Supreme Court health care ruling

WASHINGTON DC (AP Modified) - President Obama is speaking on today's Supreme Court ruling to uphold the individual insurance requirement at the heart of the president's health care overhaul.

"Today's decision was a victory for people all over the country," the President says.

The decision means the historic overhaul will continue to go into effect over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care.

The ruling also 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.

Chief Justice John Roberts announced the court's judgment that allows the law to go forward with its aim of covering more than 30 million uninsured Americans.

The court found problems with the law's expansion of Medicaid but even there said the expansion could proceed as long as the federal government does not threaten to withhold states' entire Medicaid allotment if they don't take part in the law's extension.

The court's four liberal justices, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, joined Roberts in the outcome.

To read the entire Supreme Court opinion visit http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-393c3a2.pdf

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