Sunday, November 30, 2014

Will Justice John Roberts Crush Obamacare This Time?

Chief Justice John Roberts may be feeling a flash of déjà vu.
For the second time in three years, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case aimed at toppling Obamacare. Roberts again finds himself caught between the wishes of a movement that made him America's most powerful judge, and the reputation of his institution which is being asked to cripple a sitting president's signature law for the first time in nearly 80 years.
The big question on the minds of conservative legal advocates is: can Roberts bring himself to crush Obamacare this time after he dashed their hopes in 2012?
"He's under the same pressure that he was under in 2012, where his natural allies really want him to gut the statute and be done with it. And as you saw when he voted to sustain Obamacare, the right came fairly close to accusing him of treason," said Lucas A. Powe, a Supreme Court historian and law professor at the University of Texas, Austin. "The belief is that if conservatives come to a conclusion, then their justices must have the identical conclusion."
John Yoo, a former Bush administration lawyer, wrote in the conservative magazine National Review that the case gives Roberts an "opportunity to atone for his judicial sin of two years ago" — choice language to direct at a devout Catholic. "Not many judges have the chance to make up for the mistakes of the past."
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