The New York Times had a silver lining for those who thought the mandate was all that important:<quoted text>No, Obama did not 'get his panties in a wad'; you did when both CNN and Fox got it wrong,but Fox refused to admit it. Fox looked like the fool's news that it really is.:-D
"Although many conservatives were stung that the law will stand, the court’s ruling did have the potential to restrain Congress in the longer term. The restriction of the Medicaid expansion could limit the federal government’s ability to alter other federally financed state programs.
"The commerce clause ruling revised the constitutional structure, handing a victory to conservative legal scholars who say Congress’s power to regulate interstate commerce must have defined limits. New challenges to federal laws on commerce clause grounds are likely to follow."
...So, basically, Obamacare was demoted to a tax law that can be interpreted any way the states want to interpret it.
(Whoop! Whoop! Whoop!)