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Judges in health care rulings vote party line
San Francisco Chronicle

In rapid succession, six federal judges on two appeals courts weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama’s health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them.

It was the latest illustration that presidents help shape their legacies by stocking the federal bench with judges whose views are more likely to align with their own.

The legal drama played out Tuesday in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia, on two appeals courts that Obama has transformed through 10 appointments in 5½ years.

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