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Dissenters say entire law was invalid

2 years ago June 28, 2012 Jun 28, 2012 Thursday, June 28 2012 Thursday, June 28, 2012 10:33:05 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The ruling that upheld the vast majority of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul came from the court's four liberal justices, joined by Chief Justice John Roberts.

The dissenters were Justices Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.

In a joint statement, they said, "The act before us here exceeds federal power both in mandating the purchase of health insurance and in denying non-consenting states all Medicaid funding."

Kennedy, speaking in court, summarized the dissent by saying, "In our view, the act before us is invalid in its entirety."

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