Amid unconfirmed reports of “deep and personal discord” at the Supreme Court, unidentified justices have told National Law Journal that any scars from the Affordable Care Act decision likely will heal quickly.
“Everyone here does have the sense the institution is so much more important than the nine who are here at any point in time and we should not do anything to leave it in worse shape than it was in when we came on board,” one justice said. The recent term’s end was “certainly hard,” the justice said, but added, “My guess is we’ll come back in the fall and have the opening conference and it will be almost the same. I would be very surprised if it’s otherwise.”
Another justice told the National Law Journal, “The term always starts friendly and relaxed, and gets tense at the end when the most difficult cases pile up. It’s still collegial, but there is an overlay of frustration.”
CBS News reported earlier that Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. had switched sides before casting his deciding vote to uphold the federal health care law’s central provision. Reporter Jan Crawford said that “[c]onservatives feel a sense of betrayal” and his switch of position “infuriated the conservatives” (see Gavel Grab). Her accounts of the vote switch have not been confirmed.