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Hello, and welcome to a special edition of Daily Briefing, Daily Briefing: Supreme Choice. Now today the Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s signature domestic policy law, the Affordable Care Act. Chief Justice John Roberts was the swing vote, joining the more liberal side, giving it a 5-4 win. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was believed to be the swing vote, sided with dissents. A law, that was over 2,000 pages long, was deemed constitutional by a lengthy court opinion. I have it with me, all 193 pages. The majority side was comprised of Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Breyer, Ginsburg, Sotomayer, and Kagan. The dissenters were Justices Alito, Kennedy, Thomas, and Scalia. Chief Justice Roberts wrote that while he may not agree with the law, it is not the court’s job to judge the law as a congressperson would do, but the constitutionality of the law. Okay, so the response to this can be summed up easily. Republicans are pushing for the law’s full repeal, while Democrats are ecstatic about it. Both sides are also using it for fundraising. Which the Court also has had something to say about.
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