WASHINGTON – A divided U.S. Supreme Court today upheld a President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

WASHINGTON – A divided U.S. Supreme Court today upheld a President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the more liberal members of the nation’s highest court in the 5-4 finding.

The key conclusion the majority reached was that the individual mandate is in essence a tax that Congress has a constitutional right to impose.

“Congress had the power to impose the (individual mandate) under the taxing power, and that (individual mandate) need not be read to do more than impose a tax. That is sufficient to sustain it,” the majority wrote.

The decision did nothing to end the heated political debate that has surrounded the law since it was enacted. Opponents said that they will continue to seek repeal of the individual mandate, saying it is an onerous tax.