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Mandate upheld, but foes vow to fight on

The Supreme Court on Thursday, June 28, upheld nearly all of the Obama administrations health care law. In a landmark ruling that reshapes the legal, political and medical landscapes, the court said in a 5-4 decision that Congress had acted within its taxing power when it imposed the so-called individual mandate. The rest of the health care law likewise survives, save for some changes to a provision that directs states to expand Medicaid coverage. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the courts four liberal justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor to form the 5-4 majority.

Sex-crimes suspects extradition blocked

Now living in England, hes charged in three local cases from 1990s
By Maricella Miranda A man who lives in England and is suspected of sexually assaulting three girls nearly 20 years ago in Eagan and Bloomington will not be extradited to face the charges. Britains High Court has ruled that Shawn Eugene Sullivan, 43, will not be returned to the U.S., where he was charged in Hennepin and Dakota counties with two counts each of second- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct, all felonies. His sins are on your shoes, British courts, not on ours, Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman said at a news conference Thursday, June 28. Hes not going to perpeEXTRADITION BLOCKED, 8A >

Page 10A: A breast cancer survivor in St. Louis Park, a Minneapolis business owner, a Worthington nurse and others react. Page 12A: The law will touch drugmakers, hospitals, insurers and medical device makers.


An opponent of President Barack Obamas health care law demonstrates Thursday outside the Supreme Court building in Washington before the courts ruling on the law.

Supporters of the law celebrate Thursday in Washington after the high court upheld most of it. Starting in 2014, almost all Americans will be required to buy health insurance or pay a fine. court decision a fresh start on the road to repeal. President Barack Obama called it a victory for people all over this country whose lives will be more secure because of this law. insurance markets will make it easier for individuals and small businesses to buy affordable coverage. And Medicaid will be expanded to cover more lowincome people. Insurers will be prohibited from denying coverage to people with medical problems or charging those people more. They wont be able to charge women more, either. During the transition to 2014, a special program for people with pre-existing health problems helps these people get coverage. An assortment of tax increases, health industry fees and Medicare cuts will help pay for the changes. McClatchy Newspapers, Associated Press


The high court upheld the mandate that virtually all Americans have health insurance or pay a fine. Roberts concluded that this requirement violated the Constitutions Commerce Clause, which authorizes Congress to regulate commerce among the several states. But the courts majority said the fine is essentially a tax, and thats why the government has the power to impose it.

government cannot withhold a states entire Medicaid allotment if it doesnt participate in the expansion.

Holder found in contempt of Congress

First-ever sanction of a Cabinet member is over guns inquiry
By Jonathan Weisman and Charlie Savage
New York Times The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, June 28, voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for failing to disclose internal Justice Department documents in response to a subpoena. It was the first time in U.S. history that Congress had imposed that sanction on a sitting member of a presidents Cabinet. The vote 255-67, with one member voting present followed an acrimonious and politically charged


The court upheld Obamas signature legislative achievement. The courts final word amplifies the most polarizing issue of his re-election campaign against Republican Mitt Romney. GOP lawmakers and Romney have promised to repeal the law if they are in power after the November election.


The health care law will continue taking effect. Its expected to bring coverage to about 30 million uninsured people. Overall, more than nine in 10 eligible Americans will be covered. Starting in 2014, almost everyone will be required to be insured or pay a fine. There are subsidies to help people who cant afford coverage. Most employers will face fines if they dont offer coverage for their workers. Newly created

The ruling limited the laws plan to expand the Medicaid insurance program for the poor, a joint effort of the federal government and states. It says the U.S.


Obamacare was bad law yesterday. Its bad law today, Romney said. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell called the

Chief Justice John Roberts tips the high court balance, 9A >> Obama, GOP both may benefit, 10A

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