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Greetings,    The Supreme Court takes on “Obamacare” next week.

   The Court is going to face two crucial questions 1) Whether the “individual mandate” that requires all citizens to buy health insurance or pay a fine is Constitutional 2) Whether the individual mandate is so crucial to the law that the entire thing is struck down, or just the mandate. 

  It may seem like a very technical story–and it is. But the Supreme decision is going to have tremendous implications for American jurisprudence for generations. It is the biggest ruling on the “Commerce Clause” of the constitution since the New Deal. A tight ruling could gradually mean a partial unwinding of the regulatory state. An expansive ruling could empower the federal government’s growth and reach into our lives for decades. 


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What’s Next

On the Obamacare case: There will be lots of parsing of whatever Chief Justice John Roberts says during the proceedings. The rumour mill suggests that Roberts will put himself at the head of the majority in order to control the ruling. So either a 5-4 split in which the conservatives prevail, or a 6-3 “rout” that upholds the health-reform law. 



Michael Brendan Dougherty    Politics Editor  BusinessInsider.com  [email protected]

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