About an hour ago the U.S. Supreme Court, completely against my expectations, voted to uphold most of the provisions of President Obama’s health care mandate—surely the most significant legislation enacted on his watch. What stunned me was that Chief Justice John Roberts voted with the majority (the decision was 5-4), with the dissenters being, predictably, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and swing voter Anthony Kennedy. Roberts, author of the majority opinion, ruled that the health care provisions were legal since they fell under Congress’s powers to levy taxes.
I have always thought that Roberts (like Scalia and Thomas) was a complete ideologue, but he did the right thing today. And, with time, perhaps the U.S. will no longer be the only “advanced” country harboring a large number of citizens without some form of medical insurance.
This is a big win for Obama, but more so for the American people.
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