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Not that the five in every 5-4 decision in the Supreme Court give a shit about public opinion (or precedent, or limiting itself to the issues before it), but a decision overturning the Affordable Care Act isn't going to make the country happy.
A plurality of Americans, 43 percent, say they want to retain the 2010 law with only small modifications, while 15 percent say the measure should be left alone, a Bloomberg National Poll shows. One-third say it should be repealed. [...]

Almost seven in 10 Republicans say the law should be repealed, according to the Bloomberg poll. Support for keeping it in place with minor changes is shared by 43 percent of independents, 17 percent of Republicans, and 64 percent of Democrats. [...]

One belief unites most Americans: 71 percent say politics will influence the Supreme Court’s decision, with just 20 percent saying the court will decide solely on legal merits. Five justices are Republican appointees, and four are Democrats.

The Supreme Court is about to do some very serious damage to its standing as an institution solely because of the extremism of its five conservatives. But, hey, what do the five care? They're there for life, and they'd be making their constituency (let's just call it the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for brevity's sake) even happier.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 03:22 PM PDT.

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