Thomas More Law Center v. Barack H. Obama
Gird your loins, liberals. As compelling an argument as Judge Sutton makes, even for individual insurance mandate skeptics like yours truly, it's a policy argument first and foremost and further, the federal District Courts and the Circuit Courts of Appeal are far more inclined to defer to Congress's interpretation of the Interstate Commerce Clause — a deference weighted, in my humble opinion, by a selective reading of the Supreme Court's prior Commerce Clause pronouncements — than will be the Chief Justice and his colleagues. And loins need be trebly girded because these "Obamacare" cases are clearly headed for their ultimate disposition at the end of June, 2012, the conclusion of the high Court's term, when it traditionally hands down its most contentious decisions.
Smack in the middle of a presidential campaign.
That the Supreme Court has docketed the aforementioned appeal is no indication it will accept it, of course, but I reckon its acceptance — most likely consolidated with one or two others making their way upward — is guaranteed. There is simply no way the SCOTUS is going to let stand the decision of a lower court, whatever its outcome, on the most important constitutional question to come along in decades, if not in centuries.