Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman was a guest on WXXI’s talk-radio program, the “1370 Connection,” on July 2. Host Bob Smith spoke with Deutchman on the topic of healthcare. The discussion follows the recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law.
“I think that ruling was surprising not just in that they ruled the law constitutional, but that Judge Roberts voted in the law’s favor,” said Deutchman. “The way in which people paint the court is that Roberts is part of the more conservative group; to see him aligning himself with the more moderate faction was the bigger surprise.”
Deutchman also discussed the role of the Supreme Court – and its recent struggles to be perceived as an impartial ruling body in light of the public’s perception of the court as a very partisan group.
Deutchman highlighted some of the problems inherent in the healthcare debate.
“So much of what is in this bill hasn’t come into play yet, so a lot of people have no idea what is in it,” remarked Deutchman. “Asking me if I like something that hasn’t happened yet is kind of crazy.”
A member of the HWS faculty since 1987, Deutchman holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University in political science and economics.
The show was aired live on AM 1370 News; the show will be re-aired from 11 p.m. until 12 a.m. on July 2 as well.