Filed under: Election 2012, Health Care, Law, Taxes, The United States | Tags: Chief Justice John Roberts, The ObamaCare Decision, The Supreme Court
The ObamaCare decision was a shock. We had been hearing about the huge numbers of the public who wanted ObamaCare repealed. Intrade was running over 70% for repeal. And Chief Justice Roberts joined the left to uphold ObamaCare. For many Republicans, the instant reaction was outrage.
With Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is often the swing vote, joining the conservative members of the court, we seemed to have repeal guaranteed and Chief Justice Roberts voted to uphold. Why?
Trying to understand was interrupted by a more plebeian problem, of the plumbing variety. You know how it goes. You try all the home remedies hoping to avoid having to call the plumber, and it’s always late on Friday or on the weekend, when the cost is way higher. Nevermind. You know how it goes.
Here are a variety of serious people with fine minds offering their take:
— Paul Rahe is a professor of History at Hillsdale College and an outspoken critic of ObamaCare.
— Sean Trende is Senior Elections Analyst for Real Clear Politics.
— Timothy Dalrymple writing at Patheos after listening to a talk from Paul Clement, who argued the case.
— Mark Tapscott. Executive Editor of the Washington Examiner.
— Richard Epstein Professor of Law at University of Chicago and NYU School of Law. Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.
— Joshua Hawley Now a Law Professor, but a former clerk to Chief Justice Roberts.
— Randy Barnett Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown Law, and a member of the team that argued the case before the Supreme Court.
You can easily find all sorts of articles filled with outrage. These are more thoughtful. The Wall Street Journal has several pieces, but is behind a subscription barrier.