For a couple of minutes this morning,President Obama thought his health care mandate had been struck down.
Around 10 a.m. EDT, when the decision was expected to become public, Obama was standing just outside the Oval Office next to his assistant's desk watching erroneous television reports that initially declared the law had been found unconstitutional, according to a senior administration official who was present. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a private moment.
Just moments later, though, White House lawyer Kathy Ruemmler walked in and gave him two thumbs up, making the announcement that the Affordable Care Act was alive and well.
Five justices had voted to uphold the law, Ruemmler said, in a decision that relied on the government's power to levy taxes. Chief Justice John Roberts was the swing vote, siding with the court's more liberal four justices.
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