Obamacare Comes Full Circle – We tried to chart the health reform law’s wheel of life: http://abcn.ws/Mt8MBK
In 2005, Obama opposed John Roberts nomination. http://abcn.ws/N0ulZc
In 2006, Romney enacted health reform in Massachusetts with an individual mandate.
In 2008, Obama opposed the mandate nationally.
In 2009, Obama supported the mandate.
In 2011, Romney started to run for president opposing an individual mandate.
In 2012, Roberts saved Obamacare and Romney vowed to repeal it.
It makes a fun graphic: http://abcn.ws/Mt8MBK
Aside – House Finds Eric Holder in Contempt – http://abcn.ws/MVY9pp
Question – Why did House GOP vote on Holder on the day when it would least likely pierce through?
Roberts as Obama’s Foil – This won’t be the last time you’ll read this. Just wait, points out Ariane de Vogue, until social issues like DOMA are in front of the court next year – http://abcn.ws/LRBDLH (Matt Negrin)
The Political Ramifications – from Michael Falcone – http://abcn.ws/LGXhHF
George’s Bottom Line – It’s a big win for the White House and President Obama. It’s a mixed bag politically for Mitt Romney and Republicans going forward. And the biggest question now is what will it mean for the legacy of Chief Justice Roberts? My bet is this will be seen as THE decision of his tenure. http://abcn.ws/Mt5bUm
QOTD – “It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.” – Chief Justice John Roberts in siding with liberals and upholding Obamacare.
Pix, Videos, Infographics, Analysis – Relive the Day at our Live Blog – http://abcn.ws/Lishcs
What the decision means for you and your coverage - http://abcn.ws/NRrAdb
What Politicians Said – Everyone Said Something – http://abcn.ws/KPG8Ky
The Decision – It wasn’t the expected swing justice (Roberts saves Obamacare) or the expected justification (the tax that Obama said in 2009 wasn’t a tax), but the law stands. http://abcn.ws/MEh45Z
Flashback 2009: Obama tells George Stephanopoulos the fee is not a tax – http://abcn.ws/LEgg3Q
Asterisk – Court Curbs Medicare Expansion - http://abcn.ws/KG0SQg
Mandate Tax – How much will it cost you? - http://abcn.ws/LwTR42
How Many People Will It Affect? - The health insurance mandate upheld today by the Supreme Court will impact roughly 26 million Americans, or 8 percent of the population, according to a recent study by the Urban Institute and an independent analysis by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, who advised both Mitt Romney and President Obama on health care law. http://abcn.ws/Ljh0sg (Devin Dwyer)
Red and Purple State Democratic Candidates Cringe – http://abcn.ws/MVOcrY
Pelosi Calls Supreme Court Ruling ‘A Total Victory’-ABC News’ Jonathan Karl sat down with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi shortly after the Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday. Pelosi, who was the driving force in Congress behind the passage of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, called the ruling “a total victory.” http://abcn.ws/NSGMXw (Gregory Simmons)
Supreme Court Chaos: Mobs As Misformed As Earlier Media Reports-It was chaos outside the Supreme Court today as news of the justices’ ruling on President Obama’s health care law spread through the crowd of hundreds gathered outside. http://abcn.ws/LTTlQe (Amy Bingham)
6 Political Clicks – Obamacare Upheld http://abcn.ws/MYWMVr (Zach Wolf)
Happy Now? The Mysteries of Health Care Opinion – Most Americans oppose President Obama’s health law, but overturning it wouldn’t have made them happy. http://abcn.ws/LGgSIb (Chris Good)
ACA: A Tax Worth Paying? – Paying taxes, while hardly a joy, is less uniformly unpopular than is broadly assumed. (Ask Bob Dole, who ran and lost on a tax-cutting platform.) In recent polling, 58 percent of Americans say the federal income tax they pay is “about right” (vs. 36 percent too much), and 56 percent say the middle class in general is taxed appropriately (again vs. 36 percent too much). http://abcn.ws/N0I4is (Gary Langer)
Republicans ‘Sick,’ Dems ‘Thrilled’ Over Health Care Ruling – As news began to trickle out about the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the individual mandate provision of the health care law, ABC News talked with Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, a staunch opponent, on the steps of the Supreme Court, amid the confusion of the packed crowd and summer heat. http://abcn.ws/NG9BmH (John Parkinson)