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The Winners and Losers in SCOTUS's Health Care Decision -- PICTURES

June 28, 2012

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, National Journal takes a look at some of the winners and losers in this historic ruling.

WINNER: President Obama is the big winner in the aftermath of the Court's decision to uphold his health care law.(MATT ROURKE/AP)

LOSER: The National Federation of Independent Businesses, which filed one of the suits against the health care law, lost big on Thursday.(AP Photo/NFIB, William B. Plowman)

WINNER: Public hospitals emerged as winners in the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the health care law. Public hospitals had much at stake in the outcome, as they would have been adversely affected by the loss of the individual mandate.(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

 

LOSER: Sarah Palin's Alaska, which held off on implementing health care reform, hoping the law would be struck down.(PHOTO: STEPHAN SAVOIA/AP)

WINNER: Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. emerged as a winner in the Court's decision. Verrilli was heavily scrutinized for his performance in oral arguments, but the Court bought his argument that the individual mandate is, in effect, a tax. This artist's rendering shows Verrilli making his case before the justices on March 26.(AP Photo/Dana Verkouteren)

LOSER: The upholding of the law was a major setback for Tea Party supporters, who strongly opposed the statute.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

 

WINNER: Patients with preexisting conditions were also winners because the Affordable Care Act ensures that they cannot be denied health care coverage.(AVAVA/Shutterstock.com)

LOSER: A great deal of pressure falls on Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans after the Court's decision. GOP members helped lead the fight against the health care law, and the party came to power in the House partly because of public backlash over the statute.(Chet Susslin)

LOSER? Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is on the losing side of the Court's decision. But he does get a strong issue to campaign on.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

 

WINNER: Congressional Democrats are winners in the aftermath of the Court's decision.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WINNER or LOSER? As the deciding swing vote, Chief Justice John Roberts bears the greatest burden of anyone on the Court for the decision. The case will likely mark a large part of his legacy on the Court.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

LOSER: Gov. Sam Brownback's Kansas, which held off on implementing health care reform, hoping the law would be struck down.(AP Photo/John Hanna)

 

WINNER: The Supreme Court came out as big winners following their decision to uphold the health care law. Or big losers. It depends who you ask. But the visibility of the court and the attention to its actions has rarely been higher.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

LOSER: Justice Anthony Kennedy, who not only didn't cast the deciding swing vote, but also was left to write a particularly bitter dissent.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

LOSER: CNN joined other major news networks in incorrectly stating that the Supreme Court knocked down the individual mandate soon after the Supreme Court reached a decision on the health care law.(Sarah Hall)

 
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