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NPR's Nina Totenberg reports.
NINA TOTENBERG: But in this case, he rejected those arguments, as well as the argument that Congress exceeded its authority in requiring people to have health care insurance or pay a penalty.
TOM GOLDSTEIN: This has to be terrible news for opponents of the statute.
TOTENBERG: Supreme Court advocate Tom Goldstein, an astute court observer notes that Judge Sutton is among the most respected appeals court judges in the country.
GOLDSTEIN: He's also incredibly well-known to the Supreme Court as a former Supreme Court law clerk who argued a lot of the most important states' rights cases on the side of the states. And so his view that the statute is constitutional really overwhelmingly likely represents a view of the center and center-right of the Supreme Court and so a majority.
TOTENBERG: Nina Totenberg, NPR News, Washington.
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