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Health care law may come down to Kennedy

Monday's ruling on the health care reform law now evens the score — with two federal judges saying the law's individual mandate is unconstitutional and two saying it is OK. The inevitable outcome of this debate is a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. And that is already putting the spotlight on Justice Anthony Kennedy, who could be the deciding swing vote. Noting how President Obama needed the help of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., to get the bill passed, Wall Street Journal columnist William McGurn wrote that if Obama is "to see his signature issue survive, once again he needs a Kennedy."