I am wondering how they hash this all out. Is the SC political? Do they look over their shoulders at the socio-political landscape and give it any weight? Do the liberals on the court think or discuss the what if; what if Kennedy is on board with the 4 other the cons to over turn the mandate ( IF the others are overturning it) and deal on the severability issue? Do the cons think, what if; that they may be vilified by a large section of the media and give that weight in their thoughts? Would they ( the liberal portion) craft a deal or opinion in that they will vote , making it 6-3, or 7-2 decision to overturn the mandate if the opinion overturning the mandate lets the rest of Obamacare stand or let the whole thing go down at 5-4? I think that whatever decision is rendered, I will be behind it, because this is the way it works, this is the system we have and its a good one. I am not for the mandate, but, if it’s a decision to leave it be, then that’s what we ( I) will honor, no Phillipics against a radical court. You cannot pick and choose imho, when the/a system 'works' or not in this context, just because ‘your side took a hit’. If they overturn, no gloating and I urge folks to consider the alternatives played out sadly around the world where in there is no rule of law and these decisions are based on raw, naked power. Not on a well thought judicial system that has withstood the test of time. So, anyone want to go on the record? I personally think, it will be overturned 5-4. But, if I can hedge, it may be even 6-3, if my thoughts in the top section of my post make any sense.