I know people want to know what I think will happen at the Supreme Court today. I refuse to speculate. Sorry. There is simply no way to know, and ample evidence that everyone who guesses has no idea what they’re talking about.
But I have two thoughts I can share. I’m not sure they don’t contradict each other a little.
1) I’m finding myself somewhat disturbed that a couple of unelected people, who have been appointed for life, who are largely held unaccountable for any of their actions, have so much power in the United States of America. I am sure people felt this way around other momentous decisions in the history of the United States, but I wasn’t there, and I don’t remember. Watching people freak out about the “power” of members of the IPAB, I’m struck by how comfortable we seem with the Supreme Court. After all the blood, sweat, and tears over health care reform in the past few years, does it bother no one else that it’s coming down to one or two people, whom no one voted for, who never have to explain themselves in public? Maybe it’s just me.
2) Amazingly, I am becoming more convinced that the drama is all contained in a shockingly small bubble. I’m pretty convinced most of my friends have no idea the Supreme Court is ruling today. I don’t even think a lot of people I work with know. Moreover, I’m not sure that they feel strongly one way or the other whether the law stands or falls, outside what it might mean for the Presidential election. There’s a lot of blame to go around for that, not a little of which I place on the media for making this more about the political spectacle rather than what it means for everyday Americans. Or maybe, once again, this is always the way it’s been. I don’t know.
After the decision comes down, I will have more to say about what it means. Some of the posts will be elsewhere, but there will be links here.