Obama ‘confident’ that health care law will stand
President Barack Obama said he is “confident” that the Affordable Care Act will be upheld by the Supreme Court notwithstanding the antagonistic questioning by conservative justices over the law’s health coverage mandate.
“I’m confident that this will be upheld because it should be upheld,” said Obama.”And the reason is because, in accordance with precedent out there, it’s constitutional. That’s not just my opinion, by the way; that’s the opinion of legal experts across the ideological spectrum.”
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Obama suggested that striking down the health care law would amount to the type of “judicial activism” staunchly opposed by conservatives. Exercising “judicial restraint”, on the other hand, would mean that the health care law will stand unless there is clear and convincing proof that it violates the constitution.
“I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress,” Obama said. “And I’d just remind conservative commentators that for years what we’ve heard is, the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint — that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law.”
The President’s statements were derided by Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“It must be nice living in a fantasy world where every law you like is constitutional and every Supreme Court decision you don’t is ‘activist,'” said Hatch.
- Hatch.Senate.gov: Hatch on President accusing Supreme Court of judicial activism
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- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: SCOTUS Affordable Care Act oral argument of Solicitor General Donald Verrilli on day 2
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: SCOTUS Affordable Care Act oral argument of Michael Carvin on day 2
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: SCOTUS Affordable Care Act oral argument of Paul Clement on day 2
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