Dear Commons Community,
All eyes will be on the U.S. Supreme Court today in anticipation of its ruling on President Obama’s health care system. The media and pundits have already been offering their predictions for the past several weeks.
The Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision sometime after 10 a.m. today in a lawsuit brought by 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business that challenges the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law Obama signed on March 23, 2010. Chief Justice John Roberts and his fellow justices could side with the president and allow the law to take root as intended by Congress. But the Supreme Court may elect to overturn the entire law, or just components of it, and in the process destroy or at least derail the most ambitious effort ever taken to address the shortcomings of the American health care system.
In any case, today’s decision will be historic both in terms of what it means for health care in this country as well as the power of the Supreme Court to overturn an act of the Congress that was signed by the president.
We will wait and see.
Salt Lake City