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Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

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The decision says a lot about Chief Justice John Roberts, who was on the verge of writing himself a reputation after seven years in office as a highly partisan player who was using see-saw majorities to further not just a conservative judicial philosophy but also the broad aims of the neo-conservative wing of the Republican Party. This is going to be hard for right-wingers to swallow, since Chief Justice Roberts was their great standard bearer for conservative judicial and political thought and against "judicial activism." But he has enhanced, in no small way, the reputation of a court whose standing has suffered greatly since Bush v Gore.

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