Like many, Charles Krauthammer looks at Chief Justice John Roberts' decision on the individual mandate rather cynically.
Krauthammer, on Fox News.
"He didn't want to overturn the law, because as Chief Justice, he feels he's the custodian of the reputation and the stature of the court.
And I think he thinks that the court suffered a decision in 2000 in Gore vs. Bush was seen as a partisan court -- it went 5-4 along ideological lines.
He was afraid if that happened on ObamaCare, it would have diminished the standard of the court, which he thinks he's responsible for keeping it up.
So he concocted this finesse of calling a mandate a tax, which it is not -- so he concocts a finesse which allows him to uphold the law."
If so... wow.