Juan Williams: Chief Justice Roberts Knows Overturning HCR Mandate Would Appear Political

Juan Williams posited on Fox News Sunday that Chief Justice John Roberts is aware that overturning the health care reform law’s individual mandate would appear to be a politically motivated decision by five Republican-appointed justices.

Williams said a ruling to strike it down will appear “as if the court is simply siding with Republicans who have solidly and unifiedly” opposed the law. “And it will look as if they are simply playing out a political agenda. That’s a big problem for Chief Justice Roberts and I think he’s very sensitive to it.”

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