The 5 possible fates of 'ObamaCare'

Despite skeptical questions from a swing justice, the Supreme Court may very well still uphold the president's overhaul of the health-care system

Edward Morrissey

After almost three years of debate, analysis, and legal action, the dominant political issue of the Barack Obama presidency has finally made its way to the highest level of the third branch of government. On Monday, the Supreme Court began hearing arguments on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), better known by its colloquial name, ObamaCare. The court has scheduled a nearly unprecedented amount of time to hear a number of issues, clearly planning to take a comprehensive look at the disputes over the constitutionality of the bill.

This leaves the political players with little to do — at least for now. Those who have the resources to file arguments with the court have long ago done just that through amicus briefs. Others have fought battles attempting to force the recusal of Justices Elena Kagan and Clarence Thomas, none of which were taken seriously, and which were mainly intended to shape the battleground of public opinion after an eventual Supreme Court decision by delegitimizing whatever the court produces. For now, though, the interested parties can do nothing more than follow along with the arguments, interpret the questions and remarks from the justices during oral arguments, and attempt to predict the outcome based on preexisting assumptions and desires.

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