From the Washington Times:
Judgment Day has finally arrived in Washington for President Obama and his health care law, which after two long years of court battles will earn a final legal decision Thursday from the nine justices on the Supreme Court.
At stake is the chief domestic accomplishment of Mr. Obama’s term in office — a plan to extend coverage to millions of uninsured Americans — and the court’s verdict will determine the limits of government powers in a 21st-century economy.
The White House, members of Congress, health care stakeholders and activists on both sides spent Wednesday refining their talking points, lining up legal professionals to offer rapid-fire analysis the instant the court releases its decision, and putting the final touches on a slew of news conferences, conference calls and tweets they have scheduled in the aftermath.
In the world of Washington, it’s the most momentous day in years.
Today will be an interesting day. I look forward to reading the caterwauling regardless of the outcome.
In the interest of balance, here’s something from the Politico (left wing political perspective):
Thursday’s Supreme Court decision on the future of President Barack Obama’s health care reform law will undoubtedly define the court under Chief Justice John Roberts. But it also has the potential to define the careers of several of the legal minds who helped the case get there.
When Congress started debating health care reform in 2009, the individual mandate — the requirement for nearly all Americans to buy health insurance — wasn’t one of the biggest issues opponents raised. But that changed when a handful of conservative legal scholars started writing articles, including an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal in September 2009, that suggested the mandate could be the bill’s real legal weak spot.
From even farther to the left, we have the Daily Beast’s take on it:
Kids. Sick people. Southerners. These are just a few of the people who could get the shaft if the Supreme Court axes the Affordable Care Act.
With the epochal Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act coming this week, pundits and prognosticators have been working themselves into a tizzy trying to figure out who would win and who would lose in each of the 492,503 (approximately) possible directions the Roberts Court could take in its ruling.
There’s a lot at stake, from the ability of young adults to cover their chronic medical conditions to the ability of insurance companies to screw over young adults trying to live with chronic medical conditions. Here, the people who might be most screwed if the ACA gets knocked down.
By the way, Intrade currently (5:15 AM) lists the mandate as being overturned by 68.8%.