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U.S. Supreme Court upholds healthcare reform law

  • The U.S. Supreme Court has declared President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare reform act is constitutional.

    The court upheld a core requirement known as the "individual mandate" that Americans buy insurance or pay a fine.

    Out of the nine justices on the bench, Chief Justice John Roberts' vote was decisive in the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling in favor of the law.

    The ruling comes months before the U.S. election, with Republicans pledging to push for a repeal of the bill.

    Speaking on the outcome, Obama labelled the court's decision a victory for the country.

    Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said the healthcare bill was "bad law yesterday, it's bad law today".

    He has called "Obamacare" a tax rise that will add to the national debt and put the federal government "between you and your doctor".