The Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act Thursday was destined to be controversial, regardless of the outcome. But few observers expected the Court to uphold the individual mandate. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the majority -- basing that decision on Congress' power to levy taxes, rather than the Commerce Act.
Immediately after the ruling, Republicans declared their intention to overturn the Affordable Care Act should they retake the White House and Senate in November. GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney reiterated his pledge to repeal the legislation "on my first day as president."
President Obama, not surprisingly, praised the Court's ruling, calling it "a victory for people all over this country whose lives are more secure because of this law."
Lost in the partisan bickering and often hyperbolic coverage is what the Court's ruling really means for ordinary Americans.
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