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CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 28, 2012
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(Washington: Scott Pelley) Chief Justice John Roberts’ vote to uphold nearly all of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate, reported.

(Supreme Court: Jan Crawford) The historic Supreme Court decision reviewed; scenes shown of demonstrators outside the Court; courtroom sketches by William Hennessy shown; remarks from Roberts and the joint dissent from Justices Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito quoted; details given about the conclusion that Congress could require insurance by taxing people who didn’t have it.

(Washington: Scott Pelley) The rocky history between Obama and Roberts reviewed.

(Supreme Court: Wyatt Andrews) The surprising vote by Roberts examined; courtroom sketches shown; details given about his history of conservative votes on school integration, abortion and campaign spending. [Georgetown University Law Center Randy BARNETT††- notes it would not be good for Roberts’ legacy if he buckled under political pressure.] [ScotusBlog founder Tom GOLDSTEIN††- says this is Roberts’ signature statement that he is not a partisan.]

(Washington: Scott Pelley) Roberts’ remarks about the consequences of political choices quoted.

(White House: Norah O’Donnell) Obama’s reaction to the decision featured; details recalled about his struggle to get the law passed. [OBAMA – says we will not refight the political battles of 2 years ago and it’s time to move forward.]

(Washington: Scott Pelley) Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s opposition to the law noted. [ROMNEY – says he will act to repeal Obamacare if elected president.]

(Los Angeles: Ben Tracy) The impact of the ruling that states cannot be forced to expand Medicaid coverage for the poor examined; maps shown of states opposing the expansion and those that offer it. [Lost full-time job, Nikki SWEET††; uninsured Ismael Medellin††- comment on not being able to afford health care.] [Texas attorney general Greg ABBOTT††- says we can make the best decision without Washington bureaucrats telling us how to spend our money.] The plight of those who won’t get Medicaid and can’t afford private insurance discussed.

Pelley, Scott;
Crawford, Jan;
Andrews, Wyatt;
O’Donnell, Norah;
Tracy, Ben

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