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Chief Justice Roberts Has Begun To Make Some Conservatives Nervous

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Chief Justice Roberts has cut a Solomonic middle way in several recent decisions, which some believe is intended to protect the reputation on the court but, as some conservatives have begun to say, really increase its power.

One of the climactic moments of Roberts tenure came in 2012, when he was the deciding vote to uphold the Affordable Care Act in the case of NFIB v. Sebelius. According to court insiders, Roberts initially voted with the court’s more conservative wing to strike down the law’s individual mandate, but later changed his mind after some horse-trading that went on behind the scenes. (RELATED: Forthcoming Biography Reveals New Details Of Roberts’ Obamacare Vote)