In what is sure to be one the most landmark rulings in recent American history, the Supreme Court is set to strike down the individual mandate by a familiar 5-4 margin later this week. Sources close to Justices Scalia and Thomas have confirmed that after today's arguments, the decision is all but guaranteed. What this means to Obamacare at large remains uncertain at this time, but what is certain is that one of the current administration's crowning achievements has been dealt a major setback.
Concern arose shortly after the bill's passage almost two years ago regarding the constitutionality of requiring American citizen's to purchase health insurance. According to the two sources with detailed knowledge of the deliberation process, lawyers representing the Affordable Care Act--namely, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli--failed to support their case sufficiently. As a result, conservative Justices Kennedy, Scalia, Roberts, Thomas and Alito had already made up their minds by later in the afternoon.
It is highly unorthodox for sitting Justices to openly discuss a case with outsiders while still in deliberation. Apparently, however, Scalia and Thomas were so confident and adamant in their conviction that this particular piece of legislation be struck down, that they were willing to part ways with hundreds of years of unshakeable impartiality to serve their own transparent agenda.
Stay tuned for more updates to this controversial story as it develops...