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The Supreme Court and Health Care – ‘How would you describe a democracy where power was being shifted that way’?

** ‘You can try this at home. Pick a country and describe a sequence in which’:

•’First, the presidential election is decided by five people, who don’t even try to explain their choice in normal legal terms’.

•’Then the beneficiary of that decision appoints the next two members of the court, who present themselves for consideration as restrained, humble figures who care only about law rather than ideology’.

•’Once on the bench, for life, those two actively second-guess and re-do existing law, to advance the interests of the party that appointed them’.

•’Meanwhile their party’s representatives in the Senate abuse procedural rules to an extent never previously seen to block legislation — and appointments, especially to the courts’.

•’And, when a major piece of legislation gets through, the party’s majority on the Supreme Court prepares to negate it — even though the details of the plan were originally Republican proposals and even though the party’s presidential nominee endorsed these concepts only a few years ago’.
From : http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/06/scotus-update-la-loi-cest-moi/258900/

Updatge :
‘Poll: Legal scholars think the mandate is valid, will fall anyway’

‘Bloomberg surveyed 21 top constitutional scholars and found that, while 19 think the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act ought to be upheld on the basis of legal precedent, just eight think the Supreme Court will actually do so’:

“The precedent makes this a very easy case,” said Christina Whitman, a University of Michigan law professor. “But the oral argument indicated that the more conservative justices are striving to find a way to strike down the mandate.”
From : http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/06/24/poll-legal-scholars-think-the-mandate-is-valid-will-fall-anyway/

 

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