Today, the Court’s conservative bloc seemed to seriously entertain the idea of overturning the entire Affordable Care Act. Justice Kennedy, in particular, mused that striking down the entire law might show more “restraint” than allowing the rest of the law to stand. In other words, a majority of the court may view the evisceration of meaningful health care reform legislation as a mercy killing.
I still don’t think that’s the likeliest outcome, but at this point, nothing the Court does would surprise me. Some believe that a Court decision striking down the ACA would be a boon for the President’s re-election chances. I’m not interested in scoring political points. I’d rather have some assurance that people like this woman have access to affordable health care coverage. And I’ll spend the next three months hoping that the Court will provide that assurance.