I found this very interesting. President Obama has turned up the heat on the Supreme Court.
President Barack Obama offered his first public comments on the Supreme Court’s hearing of his signature health care law, telling reporters that he believed the court will rule that it is constitutional.
Appearing at a press conference in the Rose Garden alongside Prime Minster Stephen Harper of Canada and President Felipe Calderon of Mexico, Obama explained that he was confident the Affordable Care Act would be upheld for a series of reasons. First and foremost, he made the case that precedent was on his side, noting that two staunchly conservative lower court justices had agreed that penalizing people who didn’t purchase insurance coverage was within Congress’ power under the commerce clause.
Secondly, the president underscored the issues that would arise from repealing the legislative components of the law that had already been implemented. He noted that millions of children have been given insurance coverage under the law, that changes have been made to Medicare’s prescription drug program and that insurance industry reforms have already been put in place.
“This is not an abstract argument,” he declared. “People’s lives are affected by the lack of availability of health care, the in-affordability of health care, their inability to get health car because of pre-existing conditions … I think the American people understand and I think that the justices should understand that in the absence of the individual mandate, you cannot have a mechanism to insure that people with preexisting conditions can actually get health care.” (more…)