SCOTUS

Gideon Rachman

How are poor people helped by an “individual mandate” that forces them to spend money they don’t have on health insurance, asks Gideon Rachman. 

After a tense wait, the US Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the core components of the Affordable Care Act, a victory for the president. Many had expected the fate of the law to lie in the hands of Anthony Kennedy, but it was in fact the Chief Justice John Roberts who made the decisive vote.

This graphic explains how each judge voted and previous landmark judgments that the court has made. 

We’ll be keeping an eye out for the US Supreme Court decision on Obamacare today, but these are the reads that caught our eye on the world news desk this morning: