Despite handing over major victories to the Obama administration on immigration and health care, a deeply divided and politically partisan U.S. Supreme Court ‘worked with striking unanimity and assertiveness to review the actions of the other branches of government’ and often found itself at odds with the administration.
‘Tens of millions of Americans don’t have access to basic care for prevention and treatment of illness. For decades, there’s been wide support for universal health care. Finally, with the passage of Obamacare, two years ago, we did something about it. The law would provide coverage to people like those my friends told me about, either through its expansion of Medicaid eligibility or through subsidized private insurance. Yet the country has remained convulsed by battles over whether we should implement this plan—or any particular plan. Now that the Supreme Court has largely upheld Obamacare<http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/closeread/2012/06/roberts-the-swing-vote-court-upholds-most-of-health-care.html>, it’s tempting to imagine that the battles will subside. There’s reason to think that they won’t.’
US_Supreme_Court_decision_on_Obamacare (pdf attached)