Skooter reporting 06/29/12
Crowd of demonstrators whether for or against the law gathered outside the Supreme Court Building on Capitol Hill as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, sitting at the center of the nine black-robed justices inside, announced the decision to a packed courtroom.
Obama health law is certain now to touch practically every citizen's life, barely survived an election-year battle at the Supreme Court Thursday with the impossible help of conservative Chief Justice John Roberts. The 5-4 vote ruling also gave Republicans surprising ammo to boost supporters for the campaign against President, the bill’s champion, and for next year’s forceful efforts to revoke the law as a new federal tax.
The Chief Justice’s vote, along with those of the court's four liberal justices, sealed the largest expansion of the nation's social safety net in more than 45 years, as well as the fiercely debated main requirement that nearly everyone have health insurance or pay a penalty. The goal is to extend coverage to more than 30 million people who now are uninsured
The decision meant the massive overhaul, still taking effect, could carry on and pick up momentum over the next several years, with an impact on the way that incalculable Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care.
At the White House, Obama was quoted as saying, "Whatever the politics, today's decision was a victory for people all over this country." Meanwhile several blocks away, GOP presidential candidate make good his criticism of the overhaul, calling it "bad law" and vowing to work to rescind it if elected in November.