July 1, 2012, on this blog: Empathy is always one possible option
Chief Justice John Roberts suffers from a chronic, pre-existing medical condition of precisely the sort that would have made it impossible, before the Affordable Care Act, for him to purchase insurance in the private sector.
Some right-wing commentators think this influenced Roberts’ decision upholding the ACA. But they don’t imagine that this might have influenced his decision due to the revelatory insight or empathy this personal experience provides. No, they’re just claiming that Roberts’ epilepsy medicine clouded his cognitive functions.
Once again, these people do not believe in empathy. They don’t understand the concept. They don’t even allow for the possibility of it.