Naturally, I'm pleased about the events at the Supreme Court today:
Today was the most important day in the history of the individual mandate. And it might be the day the individual mandate died, based on the conservative justices' creative and painstaking assault on the law. "This was a train wreck for the Obama administration," Jeffrey Toobin told CNN. "This law looks like it's going to be struck down."Of course a ruling won't be made until June but the overwhelming impression is that the conservative justices took the position - never really refuted by the other side - that the individual mandate gives the government limitless powers. One of my favorite parts was when Justice Kennedy took on the idea that health care is "unique": "And in the next case, it'll say the next market is unique."
I'm sure the other side will say that the justices are "ignoring the law." But I wonder how much of the Court's considerations are influenced by the fact that Americans have never liked Obamacare and, two years later, dislike it even more. It's gotta make it easier, listening to the will of the people.
Extra - NY Magazine: "How Paul Clement won the Supreme Court's oral arguments on Obamacare."
More - Links at Instapundit.
And this - Opinion Journal: "A bad day for unlimited government at the High Court."