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Winners and losers in the Supreme Court's health care reform ruling

Thursday's Supreme Court ruling has been two years in the making, and leaders on both sides of the aisle have spent considerable political capital preparing for the decision. Who came out ahead and who came out behind?

Winners

Barack Obama

His signature achievement as president is upheld as constitutional.

Mitt Romney

The health care overhaul remains unpopular, and the Republican nominee can continue to campaign for president as the choice for people who want it repealed. And thanks to the ruling, Romney can attack it as a tax on Americans.

John Roberts

The chief justice made some people on the right mighty unhappy, but he also quashed the narrative that the U.S. Supreme Court ever since Bush vs. Gore has become a predictably partisan institution.

People with pre-existing conditions and under 26 on their parents' insurance

At least for the time being, they don't have to worry about losing health insurance coverage.

Losers

Rick Scott

He launched his political career attacking the health care plan, and as Florida's governor he has acted as if its defeat were a foregone conclusion, rejecting federal funds the state could have been using.

Bill McCollum/Pam Bondi

Florida's former attorney general led the charge to overturn the Affordable Care Act, and current Attorney General Bondi seized the mantle when she took office. They lost.

CNN and Fox

It's good to be first, but far better to be right. Both cable news outlets jumped the gun and reported that the court had overturned the health care law's individual mandate.

The conservative wing of the Supreme Court

Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas usually can count on Chief Justice Roberts joining their side, but not on this monumental decision.

Winners and losers in the Supreme Court's health care reform ruling 06/28/12 [Last modified: Friday, June 29, 2012 9:10am]
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