UPDATED 6/28/12: The Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s health-care law in a watershed 5-to-4 decision on Thursday, ruling that an individual insurance mandate is legal because of Congress’s power to collect taxes. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the Court’s liberal wing to support the individual mandate, widely viewed as the most vulnerable part of the law. The ruling was not a complete victory for the President and Congressional Democrats: the Court limited a federal mandate requiring states to greatly expand Medicaid coverage.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the Affordable Care Act, either upholding the law or striking it down wholesale or in part. Architects say the looming decision could help jump-start projects and lead to shifts in facility design, although the upcoming presidential election and struggling economy will also play a major role in the future of health care architecture.