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Supreme Court upholds health care law
San Francisco Chronicle

In a divided but stunning decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld virtually all of the far-reaching law crafted by President Obama to extend health coverage to most uninsured Americans.

Despite widespread predictions after oral arguments in April that the court would overturn a central provision – that the uninsured buy private coverage or pay a penalty on their tax bills – the justices ruled 5-4 that the individual mandate was within Congress’ constitutional authority to levy taxes.