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When The Subject Is Obamacare, Never Forget About Chief Justice Roberts

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts smiles as he is introduced at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, in Lincoln, N
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts smiles as he is introduced at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, in Lincoln, Neb., Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Chief Justice Roberts said he’s worried about growing partisanship in the judicial confirmation process and a public perception that the court is a political body. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Three years ago, a gruff-sounding Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. asked a question during the marathon hearings on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act about whether the mandate that individuals buy health insurance was really more like a tax on those who do not.

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