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Yesterday—for a few moments—the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act was deader than the 45,000 Americans who die every year for lack of health insurance, according to a Harvard study. On TV and on Twitter, CNN and Fox News reported that Roberts court had, as most observers expected, struck down the mandate, maiming President Obama’s signature achievement. Then the magical power of reading comprehension saved the day.

Within minutes, word spread that Justice Roberts recognized his court’s credibility was on the line and saved the law. Conservatives freaked. They immediately turned on their golden boy Roberts. Some, hilariously, vowed to move to Canada, which has single-payer health care and legalized gay marriage. Mitt Romney—whose health care law was Madonna to President Obama’s Lady GagaCare—responded with a speech that listed every debunked lie about ObamaCare, except Death Panels. And he promised to repeal the law and replace is with the healing power of lower taxes for the richest.

Thus, the 2012 election has shaped into a real question of what kind of America we want to live in. Are we America that will live with Mitt Romney’s health care plan or an America that lets Mitt Romney take away his health care plan?

 

 

 

 

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Just over year before her untimely death on Friday, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared as a guest lecturer for the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, AR with National Public Radio correspondent Nina Totenberg. The crowd that signed up to see "Notorious RBG" live was so large that the event had to be moved to a major sports arena – and they weren't disappointed by the wide-ranging, hour-long interview.

Witty, charming, brilliant, principled, Ginsburg represented the very best of American liberalism and modern feminism. Listen to her and you'll feel even more deeply what former President Bill Clinton says in his poignant introduction: "Only one of us in this room appointed her…but all of us hope that she will stay on that court forever."