It's by far the most closely-watched Supreme Court case of its generation, yet only a miniscule fraction of Americans will be able to see it live.
Pardon me for being such a drag on the eve of the Supreme Court's momentous health care arguments, but I respectfully dissent. There is something discordant here, something that just doesn't feel right. While the legal and political elite gleefully plan their big week at the High Court, while members of the Washington establishment applaud themselves for their inside connections to the courtroom, the rest of the country will be left, as usual, in the dark. The contrast gives new meaning to the phrase "unequal justice."
Starting next Monday, for three consecutive days, two hours a day, the justices will hear oral argument in three joined cases that are primed to determine the immediate fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, the controversial new federal health care law. Together, the three cases (out of Florida) are the most closely watched Supreme Court cases since Bush v. Gore, for they have the potential to determine the outcome of the next presidential election and not just pick a winner in the last one.
The Supreme Court continues to maintain the fiction that it's "public enough" to allow 400 or so people into a courtroom.
Last week, to mark the occasion and to reflect the state of eagerness over the arguments, Janet Adamy and Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal wrote a memorable piece -- an instant classic -- detailing how Washington insiders have been clamoring for seats at the Court next week. There are only 400 seats inside the courtroom and there are evidently four schmillion lawyers, lobbyists, doctors, and politicians scrambling for the chance to be able to lie by telling their descendants that they weren't bored to death watching the Care Act show.