Randy Barnett
  • Randy Barnett

Who to root for? I’m OK with the individual mandate, and I hope the Supreme Court agrees, once it’s wrapped up its three days of hearings into the new federal health care law and decides whether it should stay on the books.

On the other hand, if it weren’t for Professor Randy Barnett of Georgetown University, maybe I wouldn’t have a job.

Barnett is profiled Tuesday on the front page of the New York Times. He’s described as a “passionate libertarian” who argues that it’s unconstitutional to make Americans buy health insurance. And “over the past two years, through his prolific writings, speaking engagements and television appearances, Professor Barnett has helped drive the question of the health care law’s constitutionality from the fringes of academia into the mainstream of American legal debate and right onto the agenda of the United States Supreme Court.”