The U.S. Supreme Court voted today to uphold the Affordable Care Act, leaving it up to voters to decide in the upcoming presidential election. Chief Justice John Roberts, an appointee of George W. Bush, shocked both conservative and liberal parties with his majority 5-4 opinion. In an article for Slate ("Why Did Roberts Do it?"), Vice Dean and Professor David Franklin proposes that Justice Roberts ruled, in part, to salvage the waning public opinion of the court.
"We may never know whether Roberts initially sided with the challengers and then “switched in time,” like a famous Justice Roberts of the past," writes Professor Franklin, "or whether he always intended to save the ACA. Either way, the country—and the court—should be happy he did."