‘Fixing’ The Constitution, One Amendment At A Time
Within the next few days, the U.S. Supreme Court will hand down a much anticipated ruling on the so-called Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law championed and signed by President Obama in 2010. Among the big issues is whether or not the mandate requiring all Americans to buy health insurance is constitutional.
The decision will have huge ramifications on the nation’s health care system and upon the tens of millions of Americans without health insurance. And it’s sure to spark a new set of arguments about the High Court, about how it interprets the constitution, and about the constitution itself.
The Constitution turns 225 this year, and while many argue that it has worked reasonably well over the centuries to guide “a more perfect union,” others suggest that it might need a bit of an overhaul, or at least a few choice amendments.
Emily Bazelon, senior editor of Slate magazine
Laurence Tribe, constitutional law professor at Harvard Law School
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