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Legal Scholars Unsurprised by Chief Justice Roberts on Health Care Ruling

CNN reported Thursday that legal scholars expressed little surprise that John G. Roberts Jr., the conservative chief justice of the United States, proved to be the pivotal vote in upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

“Had the court ruled as the four dissenters would have had it — in a 5-4 decision, red versus blue — that the signature act of a Democratic administration was unconstitutional, I think that would have been a very serious threat to the legitimacy of the court,” Timothy S. Jost, a professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law in Washington, told CNN.

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