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The White House is shown as news of the Supreme Court's ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act is delivered June 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. The court's ruling impacts all Americans and sets up a pivotal issue in the U.S. presidential race between Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The White House is shown as news of the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act is delivered June 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. The court’s ruling impacts all Americans and sets up a pivotal issue in the U.S. presidential race between Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Attorney General Gregg Abbott says that although the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on health care went against Texas, it is still a victory for individual liberty and states’ rights.

Abbott said Thursday that “despite the outcome of this case, the federal government is more restrained than it was yesterday.”

He said the court sided with Texas and 25 other states that claimed the law violated congressional powers under the federal Commerce Clause.

But he acknowledged losing the case because of the court’s “novel application” of federal taxation authority.

Abbott also chided Chief Justice John Roberts for judicial activism and “reaching” to uphold most of the White House-backed health care overhaul.

The attorney general said Texas was planning further legal action to “continue to try and legally dismantle Obamacare.”

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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