Obama answered a question today about the possible Supreme Court decision to repeal Obamacare’s unprecedented individual mandate. Obama dared the court to follow the US Constitution and declare the law illegal.
“We are confident that this will be upheld because it should be upheld.”
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The Politico reported:
President Barack Obama voiced confidence Monday that the Supreme Court will uphold his health care law in his first public remarks on the issue since the three days of oral arguments last week.
Obama suggested that the high court would be guilty of “judicial activism” if it overturned the law, and stressed that he believed the justices would see the individual mandate as an integral part of the law.
“We are confident that this will be upheld because it should be upheld,” Obama said at a joint news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon.
“The reason is because in accordance with precedent out there, it’s constitutional,” Obama said. “That’s not just my opinion, by the way. That’s the opinion of legal experts across the ideological spectrum, including two very conservative appellate court justices who said this wasn’t even a close case.”
During three days of hearings last week, conservative justices signaled skepticism toward the individual mandate, which requires nearly all Americans to buy health insurance or pay a fine. Upholding the law without the mandate did not appear to be embraced either, based on the questions asked.
Overturning the law would be “an unprecedented, extraordinary step” since it was passed by a majority of members in the House and Senate.
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