Chief Justice John Roberts showed that he's his own man today, and our Bay Area Congresswoman and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is already coming out swinging on Twitter, calling today's Supreme Court decision on health care a "Victory for the American people!" Also in the last hour she held a press conference and tweeted the basic message of her stance that "R[epublican]s who [continue] to challenge the constitutional health care law are showing they’re 'handmaidens of the special interest.'" See video of her reaction below.

According to an aide, Pelosi reached out to Vicki Kennedy, the widow of the late Ted Kennedy, who was a vocal champion of the health care law right up until his death in 2009, saying, "Now, Teddy can rest."

Vicki Kennedy herself reacted to the court's decision by saying, "We still have much work to do to implement the law, and I hope we can all come together now to complete that work. The stakes are too high for us to do otherwise."

[Boston Globe]