Waiting for the Supreme Court to rule on Obamacare and the individual mandate does, I'll admit, raise a good deal of tension in this health policy fellow's life. So much work to be done. So much hangs on the balance of this one opinion, for the future of the nation and the scope of government.
What's there to do but make a wager on it?
If you'd like to participate in the Obamacare Decision Pool, leave a comment below which includes:
- The number of votes, one way or the other.
- The outcome of the decision.
For number 2, you may suggest a total uphold, a total strikedown, or a partial strikedown. But if it's the last, you must be specific about what goes: is it the individual mandate only? The mandate plus guaranteed issue and community rating? My own opinion, as I've expressed before, is a 5-4 Title I strikedown. A messy decision could be the end result.
Oh, and it wouldn't be a pool without something to win. So I will put up a copy of The Federalist from 1886, published by T. Fisher Unwin. (You may have to wait a bit, as it is shipping from overseas, but I have a similar edition myself, and it is superb.) Those who guess correctly will have their names thrown into a hat, and one picked out at random to receive an emblem of their prognosticating triumph.