How the Justices Get What They Want

Sometime soon the US Supreme Court will decide if the Obama administration’s comprehensive reform of the health care system violates the Constitution. One federal appeals court has upheld the act. A second has no. One of the most important pieces of domestic legislation in decades may stand or fall on the vote on a single member of a politically divided Supreme Court. In 1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt faced a similar situation, only much worse and with even higher stakes.

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