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July 2nd, 2012
12:46 PM ET

Behind Justice Roberts' decision

What was behind Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the liberals on health care? CNN's Joe Johns reports.

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  1. manning El Paso, TX

    It law people that all that counts.

    July 3, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
  2. EWSmith

    all of the accolades for Chief Justice roberts may be misplaced. Has someone not considered that he decided as he did and referred to it as a "tax" in order to promote the Republican agenda and insure that it would cause enough outrage and get a Republican elected President and ultimately get the law repealed because it is a tax?

    July 3, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  3. C Oliver

    Justices Roberts made call that would effect both party's he voted under the Constitution it legal to collect federal taxes.
    Mad man John Boehner says he will pull it of from the roots, but Romney is calling it a penalty and Obama. GOP is for big business the insurance company are going to make BILLIONS, us poor, middle class and seniors are going to benefit from this health care bill. The GOP said in 1967-68 when Medicare was sign into law by president Johnson the country was going communism. I am just happy that it wake up the nothing congress led by MR Boehner.

    July 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  4. Phyllis G Williams

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    The Judge revealed great character showing "We ought to obey God rather than men" (Acts 5: 29).
    "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers...they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation" –
    (Romans 13)

    July 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
  5. buzzards27

    I think you're misleading the opinion. Roberts was on his own on calling the mandate penalty a tax, section III-B of the ruling. The four did join Roberts on III-C that the penalty imposed by the mandate was authorized by congress' taxing authority, a fine line, but the four did NOT join in calling it a tax.

    July 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  6. Doug Ericson.

    All the sudden Chief Justice Roberts, is sporting that hand caught in the cookie jar smirk. Thats what we all want to know. What was in that cookie jar? One thing is for certain. Roberts has handed the election to Romney. Roberts has re-ignited a feverish level of anger against government waste, incompeptence, and corruption.

    July 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  7. joshua

    Roberts said he wasn't going to say it was a good law or a bad law but that congress has the power to levy taxes. What is shocking is that all these mandates are unconstitutional but if Pelosi and Reid want to call them taxes then they are legal. This would be largest middle class tax increase in history. How is the middle class going to pay for this?

    July 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm |

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