The ruling was, to a certain extent, unexpected, because the court is almost evenly divided along the conservativeâ€“liberal lines, and the vote that determined the decision in favor of the administration was that of the conservative Chief Justice John Roberts. Hours before the ruling it was not clear whether the Court would uphold or repeal the law in its entirety, or uphold it only partly. The Wall Street Journal, citing its sources in Obama's inner circle, even stated that President Obama had prepared three speeches in anticipation of the ruling. Luckily for him, he had to stick to the most preferred one.
The ruling has been widely recognized as a triumph for President Obama who had put much of the labors of his presidency to this singular law. But it still keeps open the question of what impact the ruling will have on November 6 elections.
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