NBC12 Viewpoint: Must See Supreme Court TV

By: Kym Grinnage email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - As many of you already know the Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of what many people refer to as Obamacare. There are mainly two questions before the court: Is the individual mandate, which requires nearly all Americans to buy health insurance constitutional and can the federal government place more Medicaid demands on states as required by the law?

I would venture to say that there are many Americans who do not fully understand all of the pros and cons of the new healthcare law. I don't meant that people haven't taken sides and have a strong opinion, but do most people really understands all of the details and implications. I think television could help the court tell that story.

There are two sides to the argument concerning television cameras in the Supreme Court. As of today, the majority of the chief justices, if not all, are firmly against cameras in the court. As you may know, the audio recordings of the proceeding are available after the proceeding are done, so why not video. Many argue that the sanctity of the highest court in the land is at stake. Some of the justices have argued that lawyers and justices may make particular statements just for the benefit of a good sound bite.

All of this may be true, but what cannot be refuted is that the American people would watch if it were available. And they would watch to understand better how our court system works. If we are able to hear you and that is OK, I believe that it is time for us to see you. There are many of you who may disagree with that point of view, but there are probably very few who wouldn't tune in for Must See Supreme Court TV.

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