June 28 - The Supreme Court upholds the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare overhaul law. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
U.S. President Barack Obama said that the Supreme Court's decision to uphold his landmark healthcare reform law was a victory for the American people, and he promised to implement it and improve upon it going forward. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "The highest court in the land has now spoken. We will continue to implement this law and we'll work together to improve on it where we can." A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court Thursday upheld the centerpiece of Obama's healthcare law that requires that most Americans get insurance by 2014 or pay a financial penalty. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "What we won't do - what the country can't afford to do - is re-fight the political battles of two years ago or go back to the way things were. With today's announcement, it's time for us to move forward." Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney called on voters to help him defeat Obama in order to repeal a the law. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MITT ROMNEY SAYING: "This is a time of choice for the American people. If we're going get rid of Obamacare, we're going to have to replace President Obama. My mission is to make sure we do exactly that." The decision is a setback for Romney and his fellow Republicans, who had hoped that the Supreme Court would strike down Obama's central policy achievement. A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll found that most Americans oppose the law even though they strongly support much of what it does. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters