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Excerpts From Supreme Court Decision Upholding Health-Care Law

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the core provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which seeks to expand health-insurance coverage to millions of people.

Chief Justice John Roberts, appointed by Republican President George W. Bush, wrote the opinion for a 5-4 majority. The court held that while Congress can’t require Americans to buy insurance, the government can tax people who don’t have coverage. In its main holdings, the opinion was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, who were appointed by Democratic presidents.