Barone: Obamacare stands, but playing field changes
The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision upholding the Obama administration’s health care legislation was a victory for the president, his administration and his party. Their most ambitious legislative achievement has not been nullified, and they are not left in obvious disarray.
But it is only a partial victory and in some ways not a victory at all, both in the short run electorally and in the long run in terms of the constitutional order.
Politically, “Obamacare,” as its critics call it, remains highly unpopular. It’s possible the court decision will boost its support, but unlikely.
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