By Anthony Wright
Health Access California
The Supreme Court has only a week and a half to make a decision on the Affordable Care Act. They have nine cases left to rule on, including on the Arizona immigration law, and are expected to announce those decisions either this Thursday June 21st, and on Monday and Thursday of next week, June 25th and 28th. So one of those days, we are likely to get a ruling.
But how did we get here, to a constitutional challenge to this law, that was so obviously constitutional just a few years ago that many scholars believed it would be a unanimous decision at the Supreme Court, if it came up at all ?
Ezra Klein in The New Yorker recounts a bit of history of the individual mandate, and how Republicans changes their thinking en masse from helping formulate the idea of the individual mandate to opposing it and thinking it unconstitutional.