I have to agree with the commentators that the Supreme Court is clearly screwing with the media. Usually, the Court is more forthcoming about which decisions are going to be handed down each day. But I feel like the judges are getting a kick out of watching the media work itself up into a frenzy each morning (and occasionally accidentally publish pre-written opinion pieces) hoping for an Obamacare decision only to groan as other decisions are handed down.
While we wait, you can amuse yourself with some of the pre-emptive pearl clutching from Left Wingers getting the vapors over the idea of the Court protecting the Commerce Clause. You can prepare yourself for the Summer Olympics gymnastics competition by enjoying the incredible contortions the Left are making to argue that the Right Wing of the Court … and only the Right Wing … are partisan douchebags (as Althouse points out: it’s apparently pure partisan chicanery that Republican Presidents have not appointed a liberal justice since Souter; but it’s sound jurisprudence that Democratic President have not appointed a conservative justice since Sherman Minton.) You can read about what happens when the government healthcare programs attempt to “economize” here.
But there are two pieces that are absolutely critical. The first is from Ezra Klein, who shows that guaranteed issue without a mandate basically destroyed the insurance market in Washington State. If SCOTUS only strikes down the mandate, we are suddenly going to be in a very serious crisis. Insurers will have to issue policies to anyone. This will need immediate action by Congress to either repeal guaranteed issue or pass a mandate that passes Constitutional muster. I don’t see either happening. (You can also read Wonkblog’s analysis of Romney’s reform in Massachusetts. Even they have to admit that it has blown up the State’s budget.)
Second is a new study of Oregon’s Medicaid expansion. It did bring healthcare coverage and better health to many people. But it did not save money the way liberals insisted it would. If we want more healthcare, we’re still going to have to pay for it. “Preventative care” is the Laffer Curve for liberals.
The decision will probably come this week. Hold on to your butts. The political wailing and gnashing of teeth will be the entertaining part. But the really important part is what we do after the decision is handed down.