(CNN) -- The Supreme Court's decision Thursday to uphold the Affordable Care Act means that the predictions about how it will affect all Americans remain in place. Here are some highlights: The uninsured The decision leaves in place the so-called individual mandate -- the requirement on Americans to have or buy health insurance beginning in 2014 or face a penalty -- although many are exempt from that provision. In 2014, the penalty will be $285 per family or 1% of income, whichever is greater. By 2016, it goes up to $2,085 per family or 2.5% of income.
People think Roberts acted boldly in his independent stance on the Health Care Bill; however, I believe he was just protecting his court. People would have been screaming for the destruction of the supreme court if appointed judges had overturned a law passed by a popularly elected congress in a 5-4 decision!