President Obama waves after signing the Affordable Care Act at the White House on March 23, 2010.
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June 29, 2012 Back when President Obama was urging Congress to pass his health care law, he rejected claims that the penalty for not obtaining insurance would amount to a tax. On Thursday, Chief Justice John Roberts begged to differ — while using the tax classification to save the law. And Republicans pounced.
Chief Justice John Roberts, shown in 2010, is still "finding his role as chief justice," says one law professor.
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June 29, 2012 Thursday's ruling on the controversial health care law showed that perhaps it's best not to pay too much attention to how smoothly oral arguments go, or to the legal prognosticators who try to predict the outcomes.
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June 28, 2012 CNN and Fox mistakenly report the Supreme Court overturns the Affordable Care Act for a few minutes this morning, until correcting themselves.
Waiting for word: The U.S. Supreme Court building.
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June 25, 2012 The high court upheld the part of the law that asked police to check the immigration status of those stopped for another violation.
California lawmakers have been introducing legislation that would replicate key pieces of the federal law, including bills defining benefits and guaranteeing coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
June 15, 2012 The country's most populous state is already implementing the law, and it hasn't slowed down in recent weeks as the rest of the country waits to hear from the Supreme Court. Officials say the state isn't doing any contingency planning in the case the law is overturned.
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March 28, 2012 What happens when impassioned demonstrators come this close to each other? Opponents and defenders of the new national health care law found out this week, sometimes facing off outside the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices inside heard three days of oral arguments on the law's constitutionality.
Outside the Supreme Court on Sunday, some of those who were lined up to get seats inside the courtroom.
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March 26, 2012 Three days of oral arguments begin this morning.
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Faith-based groups that share health-care expenses struggle with the question of how much of the burden to share.
April 26, 2011 Members of health care sharing ministries pay monthly shares and pool their money to cover each others' expenses. Under the new health law, ministry members are exempt from the mandate to buy individual coverage. But they may not be covered for expensive pre-existing conditions.
April 25, 2011 As expected, the justices will let the challenges work their way through the federal judicial system.
March 22, 2011 In the wake of the passage of the federal health care overhaul law, a Washington State panel gets national notice for its payment rulings. Some critics see the panel as giving a chilling sign of the future through its decisions on what medical procedures and devices to pay for.
March 7, 2011 Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, has a tough task ahead of him as he explains the differences between his health care law enacted when he was governor of Massachusetts and the new new federal health care law signed by President Obama.
February 8, 2011 Harvard legal scholar Laurence Tribe argues the Supreme Court will follow precedent, not politics, in deciding on whether the new health care law is constitutional.
February 7, 2011 Addressing the Chamber of Commerce, Obama used a patriotic message to urge business leaders to invest to create more jobs in the U.S. An obvious challenge of this appeal: Globalization means many U.S. businesses are owned and operated by non-Americans.
February 1, 2011 The Republican minority leader offered a repeal amendment Tuesday, moving his push for an up-or-down Senate vote to repeal the 2010 health care law a step closer to fruition.
February 1, 2011 Some South Dakota lawmakers propose a gun purchase mandate as a poke at the federal health care law. But while one of the lawmakers said the law was meant to underscore the absurdity of such mandates, states can and do mandate actions all the time, like school attendance or auto insurance.
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