It's official, it's historic, it's amazing: the Supreme Court upholds the core of the Affordable Care Act 5 -- 4. Chief Justice John G. Roberts crosses a historic line and sides with what becomes a thin moderate majority. The individual mandate will stand. While the 193-page decision will take weeks to digest, the headline is as clear as day.
Supreme Court expert Lyle Denniston, writing in SCOTUSBlog Tuesday, decried "rash speculation that the Court's ruling is going to be driven by an exercise of political will, perhaps even partisan preference" as if that had never happened before. Yet John Roberts did parse the recent Arizona immigration decision that gave the Obama administration--and coherent federalism--a "55-45" win. Today we have to consider a virtual, a de facto, realignment as Roberts defers to the law and offers a relatively unbiased reading of the Constitution on the powers of the federal government. ...
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