The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the centerpiece of the nation's new health care law the individual mandate to buy insurance as a constitutional exercise of Congress' taxing authority. Led by veteran reporters Tony Mauro and Marcia Coyle, The National Law Journal wraps up its coverage of the week's historic events with analysis of what the landmark decision will mean not only for the Court but for health care practitioners as well. Plus, a collection of memorable moments from the term and commentaries from top lawyers on both sides of the health care debate.
The health care decision may have been controversial, but it could push the Supreme Court out of the political spotlight.
Verbatim: the justices get political
To an unusual degree this term, the justices made comments in decisions and oral arguments that were politically charged or at least related to outside political events.
The term's top cases
Health care stole the spotlight, but the Court's latest term was bursting with big cases.
Scalia demeanor on bench comes under scrutiny
Advocates and commentators usually shrug off Scalia's sometimes barbed comments from the bench, as well as his stinging dissents. During this term, partly because of the politically fraught cases the justices faced, Scalia's behavior has come in for less forgiving scrutiny.
Supreme Court upholds health care law
In a stunning victory for the Obama Administration, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the centerpiece of the nation's new healthcare law the so-called individual mandate to buy insurance as a constitutional exercise of Congress' taxing authority.
Roberts shuffles the deck with health care decision
In leading the majority ruling on the landmark Affordable Care Act cases, Chief Justice Roberts managed to stay true to his conservative roots while still, at the end of the day, crafting a majority that upheld the law that conservatives so roundly hate.
Who wins? Health care lawyers, that's who
Lawyers say they expect an uptick in demand for their services as clients assess the impact of the health care law.
How they fared
Six oral advocates in the health care case.
In health care and immigration cases, vindication for Verrilli
The health care ruling, paired with Monday's victory for the Obama administration in the Arizona v. United States immigration case, has vindicated Solicitor General Donald Verrilli's role as oral advocate.
Instant commentaries from the front seat
A collection of snap reactions to the decision from Elizabeth Price Foley, Robert Weiner, Randy Barnett, Erwin Chemerinsky, Robert Muise, Asheesh Agarwal, and others.
Feedback: Twitter response to the health care decision
From Rick Santorum and Donald Trump to Michael Moore and Chris Hayes, the Twittersphere was abuzz with 140-character reactions.
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