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The hands of President Barack Obama, Monday, April 2, 2012 (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Presenting his own vigorous legal argument, President Barack Obama on Monday issued a rare, direct challenge to the Supreme Court to uphold his historic health care overhaul. He declared that overturning it would erode critical protections for millions of Americans and amount to judicial activism by an “unelected” body.

Obama predicted that a majority of justices would uphold the law when the ruling is announced in June. But the president, himself a former law professor, seemed intent on swaying uncertain views in the meantime, both in the court of public opinion and in the minds of the justices about not overstepping the high court’s bounds.

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