Here are the players: Justices Kagan, Sotomayor, Ginsburg, Breyer and Roberts all voted in favor of it with Justices Thomas, Scalia, Kennedy and Alito dissenting. The kicker here was that Roberts, who was appointed by Bush II and was expected to vote against the bill, ended up being the deciding vote in ruling it constitutional. There has been some speculation that his decision was a strategic move to cause the public to in November overhaul congress and put in people who will vote in a way that reflects the wishes of their constituents. That's really doubtful though. Seemingly, his motivation was an attempt to distance the SCOTUS from being overtly political and look at the bill from a purely constitutional stand point. His vote forces the issue to again take center stage come November. Currently the biggest crisis facing the United States is job creation and building a more prosperous economy, but now the American public and lawmakers alike are being forced to expend even more energy and time bickering over this bill. This is why there are a number of political pundits arguing for the Justices to be more partisan.
As for the people who believe that this bill is "good" or the Court's ruling is "not a big issue" or want to babble on about "Ron Paul! 4/20", I just want to slap and shake you. Do you not understand that with the passage of this not only are your rights to choose what you do with your own body being taken away (Yeah all you pro-choicers- big brother is taking away your choice on what to do with your own body. Think about that.) but the government will effectively control 50% of the economy. You think the economy is more important than healthcare? They're interrelated. With the implementation of this you're inviting bureaucracy of DMV proportions into your gastroenterologist's, gynecologist's and cardiologist's offices. I don't know about you, but if I'm in one of those places I want things to move quick like a bunny.
As far as this being "constitutional": This was ruled constitutional because ti was considered a tax and Congress is within its rights to levy a tax. I repeat: IT WAS ONLY RULED CONSTITUTIONAL BECAUSE IT IS CONSIDERED A TAX. So allow me to say that in order for Justice Roberts to join the majority and rule the bill constitutional he had to make a liar of President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid who all went to great lengths to assure the American public that this was not a tax.
Furthermore in regards to a tax here is a brilliant quote form the dissenting opinion of Justice Scalia:
For all these reasons, to say that the Individual Mandate merely imposes a tax is not to interpret the statute but to rewrite it. Judicial tax-writing is particularly troubling. Taxes have never been popular, see, e.g., Stamp Act of 1765, and in part for that reason, the Constitution requires tax increases to originate in the House of Representatives. See Art. I, §7, cl. 1. That is to say, they must originate in the legislative body most accountable to the people, where legislators must weigh the need for the tax against the terrible price they might pay at their next election, which is never more than two years off.
The Obama administration has strategically maneuvered this bill from the start to get it passed despite the outpouring of distaste for the bill from the public with little to no accountability for those responsible. The bill passed in the Senate with a vote of 60-39 and in the House passed only by a margin of 7 with a vote of 219-212.
A DNC staffer in a moment of pure professionalism tweets about his excitement
Why this is good: (Trying to be optimistic.) People are mad. Really mad. This could be the push needed to get Barack Hussein Obama out of the White House. While he spends his days trying to grab any vote he can (Supporting gay marriage, granting illegals amnesty, alluding to legalizing marijuana), he just does not have the popularity he had last election. Mitt Romney came out today following the decision and basically promised to start working to appeal this bill before Obama has gotten a chance to clean out his closet at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
And as far as those in Washington who voted for this when it came to congress whining about receiving a number of angry phone calls in regards to the congressional decisions before and the SCOTUS decision today:
Couldn't have said it better myself, Red.