The Supreme Court's health care ruling

The Boston Globe's coverage of the Affordable Health Care Act ruling

Justices back health law, change the political landscape

The US Supreme Court handed the president a major victory and set battle lines on the contentious issue for the 2012 election.

John Roberts’s decision to side with the more liberal wing of the court gave President Obama a political victory. Roberts sided Congress’ ability to impose taxes.

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Roberts’s role in vote sparks questions on legacy

Scholars said the chief justice’s decision to become the decisive fifth vote in a historic ruling counters the view that the court is sliding toward political activism.

Mass. residents react to ruling with relief

The Supreme Court’s health care decision sent a wave of relief through Massachusetts that the benefits of President Obama’s landmark law will remain intact.

Steve Ciccarelli of Annandale, Va., right, a proponent of the law, argued with Susan Clark, of Washington, who held opposing views.

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Steve Ciccarelli of Annandale, Va., right, a proponent of the law, argued with Susan Clark, of Washington, about the ruling.

Chief Justice John Roberts surprised court watchers by voting to uphold the health care law.

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Chief Justice John Roberts surprised court watchers by voting to uphold the health care law.

Supporters celebrated after the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

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Supporters celebrated after the Supreme Court upheld the law's constitutionality.

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said the ruling shows that Republicans must defeat Barack Obama to overturn his health care overhaul.

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Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said the ruling showed that Republicans must defeat Barack Obama in November's election to overturn his health care overhaul.

President Barack Obama hailed the court's decision as a victory for people across America and urged opponents to rally behind the law.

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President Barack Obama hailed the court's decision as a victory for people across America and urged opponents to rally behind the law.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick watched President Obama on television after the ruling.

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick watched President Obama on television after the ruling.

An artist's rendering showed Chief Justice John Roberts, center, speaking as the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 ruling.

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An artist's rendering showed Chief Justice John Roberts, center, speaking as the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 ruling.

House Speaker John Boehner headed for the House chamber after the ruling.

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House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, headed for the House chamber after the ruling.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi smiled as she watched news of the court's ruling.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi smiled as she watched news of the court's ruling.

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People celebrated in Chicago after President Barack Obama's health care law was upheld by the Supreme Court Thursday.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, of Nevada, praised the justices for their decision.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, of Nevada, praised the justices for their decision.

Susan Clark, left, argued with another protester outside the Supreme Court on Thursday.

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Susan Clark, left, argued with another protester outside the Supreme Court on Thursday.

Protesters who opposed the act showed their dismay after the ruling as announced.

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Protesters who opposed the act showed their dismay after the ruling was announced.

A protester held up a sign in the wake of the ruling.

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A protester held up a sign in the wake of the ruling.

Demonstrators prayed outside the court after the ruling.

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Demonstrators prayed outside the court after the ruling.

Chicago area senior citizens went to a local cooling center to escape the summer heat and watch President Barack Obama's reaction to the ruling.

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Chicago area senior citizens went to a local cooling center to escape the summer heat and watch President Barack Obama's reaction.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/06/29/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/romneyobama.jpg Ruling frames Obama battle with Romney

While President Obama praised the Supreme Court’s decision, Mitt Romney pledged to make repeal his first priority if elected.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/06/29/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/512030358-729--90x90.jpg Republicans vow to vote on repealing law

The battle over President Obama’s overhaul of the country’s health care system is headed back to Congress, giving Democrats little time to savor victory.

Harvard Law

Harvard law professors, students, cheer Supreme Court decision on health care act

At a center for health law and policy, more than a dozen students and professors cheered and pumped their fists in the air when they heard the court’s ruling.

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History of attempts to overhaul US health insurance coverage

A timeline of attempts in this century to implement new health care legislation.

Opinion

opinion | Taking Stock of the Health Care Ruling

Mass. must remain a model on health care

Our state can and should explain to the nation why Obamacare is not some kind of “government takeover” or “socialization” of the medical care system.

Special section: Mass. health care law

Massachusetts health care law

Here you will find coverage of the law’s provisions, the debate that led to its enactment, Romney’s role in its passage, and what’s happened in Massachusetts since the law passed.