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Outside the Supreme Court: Reacting to the health care ruling

Supporters of President Barack Obama's health care law celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington, on June 28, after the court's ruling.David Goldman / AP

Protesters against President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare overhaul hold signs outside the Supreme Court in Washington on June 28. A sharply divided Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the centerpiece of Obama's signature healthcare overhaul law that requires that most Americans get insurance by 2014 or pay a financial penalty.Jason Reed / Reuters

Tom Curry, msnbc.com National Affairs writer --

The majority opinion was written by Chief Justice John Roberts, who held that the law was a valid exercise of Congress’s power to tax.

Roberts re-framed the debate over health care as a debate over increasing taxes. Congress, he said, is “increasing taxes” on those who choose to go uninsured.

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Protesters against President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare overhaul react outside the Supreme Court in Washington on June 28. A sharply divided Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the centerpiece of Obama's signature healthcare overhaul law that requires that most Americans get insurance by 2014 or pay a financial penalty.Jason Reed / Reuters