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Healthcare decision leads to defining week for Obama, Roberts

Sunday, June 24, 2012


John Roberts’ legacy as chief justice will likely be defined over the next few days as the Supreme Court will decide whether to uphold, or destroy President Obama’s signature healthcare law.

One way or the other, history will be made this week for Obama’s presidency, and the Roberts court.

Roberts, a hero to the right, will surely attract criticism no matter what the court decides. That will put Roberts, who was easily confirmed in 2005 with the approval of 22 Democrats, in an unusual position.

Should the court uphold healthcare reform, conservatives will cry foul. Even if Justice Anthony Kennedy, the so-called swing vote, sides with the left-wing Justices, Roberts might be criticized from GOP activists for not securing a majority on such a big ruling.

If the Justices strike down the law, liberals will surely accuse Roberts and his colleagues of a partisan bias.

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