CBS News is reporting that rumors that Chief Justice John Roberts flipped his vote on Obamacare are true.* Roberts originally was with Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Kennedy in striking down the individual mandate as unconstitutional and not justified under the Commerce Clause.
When Roberts flipped, the others conservatives, led by Kennedy, spent a month trying to get him to switch back to their side. Roberts, for his part, tried to get Kennedy to join with him to create a larger majority.
The conservatives were (and are) so angry that they refused to join the portions of Roberts’ decision with which they completely agree, such as his views on the Commerce Clause.
* “Roberts switched views to uphold health care law,” Jan Crawford