It’s hard to overstate how much was at stake as Chief Justice John Roberts began reading from the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday on the health care law: the fate of 50 million Americans who lack health insurance; possibly, President Obama’s own fate; the outcome of a reform battle that dates back 100 years; and the scope of Congress’s powers going forward. The 5-4 decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was, first and foremost, a victory for the president and the law’s supporters. But it also stands as a victory of sorts for conservatives in the limits it sets on federal power.
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