You’ve got to hand it to the folks at Reuters, particularly Legal Editor Joan Biskupic. She was out early this week with a list of reasons not to be surprised by today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the bulk of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, most importantly the individual mandate. Agree or disagree with the ruling, I think it’s safe to say most people believed the court would strike down that part of the act, at least. Biskupic looks pretty smart in hindsight.
She said lower court rulings and a tendency by the Supreme Court justices to defer to Congress strongly suggested the Court would uphold the health care law.