JOSHUA GREEN | Taking Stock of the Health Care Ruling
Health care ruling aids Obama in three ways
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.