The individual mandate and Obamacare is up for consideration by the Supreme Court. In essence, the Supreme Court is to decide whether the Commerce Clause actually means anything (hint, if it always applies, it is meaningless). I find the situation rather encouraging. Here's why:
A slight majority of the population wants to see it struck down by the Supreme Court. If that happens, it will cost the Court quite a bit of institutional prestige. I suspect this is what will happen, probably on a 5-4 vote.
If the Court on the other hand decides NOT to strike it down, it'll cost tremendous amounts of prestige as well---again, it'll probably be a 5-4 vote--at least as much as Roe v Wade. Since I'm all about the delegitimization of the Judicial System, this is a no-lose situation, unless the court can pull something truly Solomonic out of its hat. I'd prefer they strike it down---considering I have zero confidence that a Republican administration would, even if it had both houses of Congress and the executive.
Cheap and Nasty
1 day ago