The Supreme Court has ruled and the reaction rolled in.
President Barack Obama called the decision a victory. As soon as he took the podium in the East Room of the White House, he clicked off all the benefits of the law.
Watch Obama's speech.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, however, called “Obamacare” bad policy, bad law, and vowed to repeal it if he is elected in November.
Watch Romney's speech.
News 14: Health care decision: Obama, Romney react
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So who won and who lost?
It's easy to talk about who won and who lost with the decision. After all, that's what pundits are supposed to do.
Liberals are overjoyed at the news, while conservatives are vowing to repeal the law if elected to the White House and take a full majority in Congress.
But getting through the heated rhetoric, let's look at who really won and who really lost:
- Stu Rothenberg of The Rothenberg Report said both sides won : Obama got his health care reform law upheld, and Republican got an issue to run on in the general election.
- SCOTUSBlog lead the way in thoughtful and complete coverage of the rulings. Analysts started live-blogging at 8:45 a.m. and they were reading through the decisions as they were being read. It was SCOTUSBlog and the Associated Press that broke the news that the individual mandate had been upheld.
- CNN made a rather large error in their reporting this morning, and the news network is getting all kinds of heat for it.
About the same time that the AP and SCOTUSBlog reported the individual mandate had been upheld, CNN sent out a breaking news alert on Twitter, saying the individual mandate had been struck down.
It went viral across all CNN outlets, including on the air and on cnn.com. But that was, of course, completely wrong. BuzzFeed is reporting how the mistake happened and that CNN staffers are livid about what happened.
- Chief Justice John Roberts is now Public Enemy No. 1 for conservatives, but he also took the reins and wrote the opinion himself, landing a landmark opinion in the era of the Court that bears his name.
Conservatives are decrying his decision, thinking he was a solid standard-bearer for small government, but liberals are praising his name.
But Ashby Jones with The Wall Street Journal writes that Roberts may have given conservatives a blessing in disguise.
Guess it depends on who you talk to on whether the Chief wins or loses.