Thursday, June 28, 2012

Quickie: Obamacare

As many of you probably already know, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. "Obamacare") in a close 5-4 decision this morning.  If you only watched the first ten minutes of CNN's coverage, you might have been misled:

(image) (NOT ACCURATE.  People are comparing CNN's gaffe to this one:)

In any case, if you're confused about what all this means and don't want to look as confused as you actually are at lunch or happy hour today, I recommend checking out this link (thanks to my friend Kate for the heads-up).  In it, NPR breaks down the Supreme Court decision using commentary from constitutional bloggers.  You can click on links to the major portions of the opinion and the commentary will give you a quick run-down of the holding to go along with the dense text.

What do you think of the opinion?  Are you excited about Obamacare?  Do you think it's an unjustifiable government intrusion?

What about CNN's reporting error?  Personally, when I heard their conclusion that the mandate had been struck down I was skeptical, if only because they issued that statement within MINUTES of getting the opinion, and I don't know too many lawyers who can read a complicated legal opinion and understand it within a few minutes. 

Of course, perhaps if CNN had just made like a lazy law student and skipped to the last paragraph of the opinion they might have gotten it right the first time!

[Edit:  Also, don't fail to check out this great tumblr, "When SCOTUS Upheld Obamacare," where you will find gems like this:]

[If anyone finds a conservative version of that tumblr (only a matter of time) let me know!]

1 comment:

Karen said...

I am thrilled it was upheld! A step in the right direction. Very impressed/surprised with justice Roberts. It will be an interesting year. As a resident of MA, I am amused at the irony of Romney claiming to be against Obamacare when he basically passed the same thing here in MA when he was governor!

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