The Supreme Court held up the individual mandate of the ACA as a constitutionally valid exercise of Congress's taxing power. The "mandate" is not a requirement that you do anything. Stripped of labels, the only "mandate" is to pay your tax bill.
The truth is: no one likes this law. No one understands it, and the only cheerleaders of the law are the administration -- who are paid to support it. A strike down from the high court presents a clean slate for President Obama.
I expect the court to strike down the individual mandate, given the administration's inability to articulate a limiting principle to sustain it. This begs the question: Will the law be struck down in its entirety? The guide to answering this question is congressional intent.
The Affordable Care Act is the law that empowers nurses, doctors, and healthcare workers, who actually deliver care, to better manage care so patients have the best possible outcomes. Nurses will no longer be simply reacting to critical care situations.
It's probably too much to ask that the Supreme Court's right wing espouse the same principles from one case to the next. But legal flip-flopping is not the biggest potential problem in the Court's consideration of the Affordable Care Act.
If you've been listening to the uproar about the Affordable Care Act, then you're probably scared out of your wits from tales of "death panels" and "government takeover." And you'd have good reason to be concerned -- if those allegations were accurate.