The winners . . .
WINNERS: Political operatives for each presidential campaign, who will have new fodder to make their case to the American people
WINNERS: Children with pre-existing conditions and young adults who can remain on their parents’ insurance plans. These provisions of the Affordable Care Act were in place at the time of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling.
WINNER: Twitter, for being the place where many turned to hear official word of the Supreme Court’s decision
The losers . . .
LOSERS: CNN and FOX news, two major TV news sources, blew it moments after the justices released their decision. News alerts by the two networks were quickly retracted as the Supreme Court’s complex decision was digested and understood.
LOSERS: Pundits, who spent all week predicting that the individual mandate would be struck down, based on the government’s oral arguments to the court earlier this year. Only a few correctly forecast this decision.
LOSERS: Everyone else who is still trying to figure out whether upholding the law is a good or bad thing for them
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who was both lauded and vilified for casting the deciding vote in the court’s 5-4 decision