As the Supreme Court hears three days of oral arguments this week about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), Sen. Mike Lee is doing his best to keep Americans apprised about what's happening at the high court.
Lee, who clerked at the Supreme Court for Justice Samuel Alito from 2006-07 and is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has released three court-themed YouTube videos during the past week:
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Tuesday, Lee attended the second day of oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act. After the hearing concluded he gave an interview to Fox News, answered questions on C-SPAN and issued a press release.
“Oral arguments revealed the four traditionally conservative members — Chief Justice Roberts, and Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito — are almost certain to vote to strike down the individual mandate, and that Justice Kennedy is likely to agree with them,” Lee stated in his press release. “The Obama administration’s argument that the federal government can compel citizens to purchase health insurance did not appear to sway these five justices. There is little doubt that the individual mandate will not survive.”
Given Lee's strong legal background and relative youth (he is "only" 40 years old), it's very conceivable that at some point in the next 10-15 years his name will be bandied about as a possibility to fill a Supreme Court vacancy.