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The President needs to energise his liberal base. But picking a fight with the Supreme Court is not the way to do it

By Emily Bazelon   May 2012

The Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, DC. Photo: afagen

Last month, the Supreme Court spent three long days weighing the constitutionality of President Obama’s 2010 health care law. It’s the biggest case of the year, with real implications for the 2012 presidential election. For those who missed the brouhaha, the central question is whether Congress has the power to enact reforms that force all Americans to buy private health insurance. This could just be a new wrinkle in the legal compact that has allowed Social Security and Medicare to stand for decades. Or, as the law’s challengers would…

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