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The constitutional question of our generation is now being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. The challenge, known as U.S. Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida, asks nine justices whether the federal government can really require everybody to have health insurance. It is fundamentally a question about the extent and limits of government power. It is also a political and historical judgment on the signature domestic policy of the Obama administration.

For many observers, the key to its outcome is in the pens of the five Republican-appointed justices who, it is thought, are far more likely than four Democratic-appointed justices to strike down the law, passed by Congress in 2010. But off to the side in every U.S. Supreme Court ruling is the Real Court — a court often uninformed and uninvolved, and far more fickle than the Supreme Court, but ultimately far more powerful.

The judgments of public opinion are frequently wooed, consulted, fretted over, and feared by elected politicians, but not so much by the lifetim……….. continues on Huffington Post.

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