The teaser text for this editorial on the New York Times opinion page reads as follows: “The court can’t ignore the harsh consequences of gutting Obamacare.”
And this is what is wrong with many people’s view of the Supreme Court. It is not a super-legislature. The job of the court – the only job of the court – is to interpret the law and the Constitution. The policy consequences of the court’s decision on the cases before it should not even be considered by the nine justices. If they do make policy a major component of their decision (as some of them openly have done) they should be impeached.