Re:"19th-century law is focus on first day of Supreme Court arguments," ModernHealthcare.com, March 26: It is hard to believe that the Supremes will overturn the 1867 law, even with ample reason to do so. This was a Reconstruction-era law passed in order to discourage ex-Confederates—actually the Democratic Party—from using the courts to fight Reconstruction-era measures meant to guarantee rights, pay back war debts, etc. Overturning such a law would reduce the power of the executive and legislative branches, while enhancing power in the hands of the judiciary, an effect much more dangerous than the ever-present, encroaching power of the federal court system. The Anti-injunction Act sounds like something the leftist federal courts could get behind. It won't be overturned; the Supremes will hear the case against Obamacare, and, barring some deal, will rule the Affordable Care Act an unconstitutional assault on liberty, like the National Recovery Act of the Great Depression. Perhaps President Barack Obama and the Democrats will then try to “pack” the court again.
Jim HanesDirector of Healthcare ServicesInterim HealthcareOcala, Fla.