It should be pretty clear by now that I didn’t do this because it’s good politics. I did it because I believed it was good for the country.
The Supreme Court today handed President Obama a major election-year victory in upholding his health care law.
Here are some links to some of the best coverage out there.
Our David Jackson writes: “The announcement will have a major impact on the nation’s health care system, the actions of both federal and state governments, and the course of the November presidential and congressional elections.”
USA TODAY’s Richard Wolf explains the ruling from in front of the Supreme Court building.
CNN got the ruling very wrong at first, reporting that the individual mandate had been struck down. Here’s a Storify of some of the reaction. AP then sent a memo to its employees asking them not to gloat.
Twitter reports that the number of tweets peaked at 13,000 per minute at 10:17 a.m. ET.
The New York Times has a smart take on what the decision means for Chief Justice John Roberts’ legacy.
“To those on the left who viewed him as an ideologue eager to pull the court rightward in a political fashion, this will now begin a re-examination of his style and legacy as it will for those on the right who considered the law unconstitutional and relied on him to make that point,” Ethan Bronner writes.
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Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness.
Five Justices agreed that the penalty that someone must pay if he refuses to buy insurance is a kind of tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power. That is all that matters.