Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama's sweeping health care legislation Thursday in a narrow 5-4 ruling, claiming the Commerce Clause of the Constitution does not give Congress the authority to require people to have health care, but that other parts of the Constitution did, according to CNN. For the full story, click here.

Editor’s Insight: The big verdict has arrived. Business owners who were hoping to get a break from being required to provide a minimum amount of health care coverage for their employees will have to assume this cost. This does not bode well for the economy in the short term, and very likely not in the long term.

This may or may not have an impact on federal calorie disclosure rules for vending machines. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) missed its deadline for releasing the final rules, and some in the vending industry suspected that the agency was awaiting the Supreme Court ruling before announcing the final rules.

Whether or not the FDA was waiting for this ruling before taking action, the vending industry will have at least a year to comply with the calorie disclosure rules once they are announced. 06-28-12 By Elliot Maras