“Even before the Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to President Obama's healthcare program, outside interest groups were angling to elbow out the justices they fear would not rule their way.
Liberal groups argue that Justice Clarence Thomas should disqualify himself because of his wife's work on behalf of conservative groups that opposed the legislation. Conservatives raise questions about Justice Elena Kagan's impartiality because she was the president's solicitor general while the legislation and its legal defense were being crafted. … Justices … have a duty to decide cases, absent an incurable conflict. … But they must set aside personal preferences when deciding matters of law. We trust that Justices Thomas and Kagan will do that.”
“The healthcare reform law, starting in 2014, will provide premium support subsidies to help people with modest incomes buy private policies on new insurance exchanges. That will be the next big test of whether premium support can work to hold down costs while providing good coverage. With so many uncertainties, it would be rash to weaken or jettison the traditional Medicare program now. The good news is there is some time to get it right.”
—New York Times
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