Obama fires back

I found this very interesting. President Obama has turned up the heat on the Supreme Court.


From HuffPo:

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…)

  • Bbrooks630

    There is no such as “activist conservative” justices. They are Constitutionalists. All other justices are “activist.”. And if Obama (and you) had read “Marbury vs. Madison” you’d know that there is 200 years of precedent to overturn legislation passed by a majority in Confress. What a complete fool he is.

  • Scott…

    what do you think will happen with medicare / ss as these are imposed on us in terms of mandate? similer / different?

  • Why because you said so?? 🙂

    The worst argument that you have ever produced. Why don’t you simply say – Cuz’…Just Cuz you said so.

    I love it. It is the cuz defense. Thanks for stopping by. It is the funniest thing that I have seen today.

  •  Scott –

    Don’t try logic. We are up against – Cuz. Just cuz he said so.

    I’m still laughing.

  • Jack Jodell

    This current reactionary and activist Supreme Court is an abomination. They claim to favor judicial restraint but what they actually are is a rubber stamp for authoritarianism and corporate America. They will not only screw up health care but just this week declared that strip searches are permitted for all forms of arrest. Everyone knows, of course, with this decision they have given a thumbs up to every racist or bully cop to legally practice harrassment and intimidation. This court has gone way too far to the right and needs to swing back about 5 notches to the left to even begin to approach the center. I ask: where are the chueches to attack this assault on basic human dignity?

  •  Jack –

    The problem is us. Just think about it, in 2000, we decided to run Al Gore for president. He was someone that was extremely qualified but excited no one. Therefore, progressives simply “assumed” that he would be elected because of his qualifications. He ran a terrible campaign and he had no grassroots effort. We allow this to happen. We did not come out in force. We did not push his campaign to do better. So we got George W. Bush.

    In 2004, we simply ran an Al Gore facsimile. I’m not saying that John Kerry is exactly the same as Al Gore but I’m saying they’re selling similar in their styles and their approach and their education as to be almost indistinguishable to the American voter. We “assumed” that the American people were going to look at George W. Bush and what he had done this country and clearly  repudiate him. The progressive movement was sort of organized – kind of, but not really.

    So, George W. Bush, Karl Rove and the gang were allowed to wreak havoc on our judiciary system.we have to look no further than Valerie Plame and former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. Let’s not forget the US District Attorney’s in the scandal that they’re firing created. The Patriot Act, domestic wiretaps and indefinite detention was all approved by the Supreme Court. More than 70 years ago, FDR tried to pack the court with disastrous results. Now, right in front of our nose, conservatives have packed the court with five folks who love corporations more than they love people.

    Finally, churches not enjoy the popularity that they enjoyed 30 or 40 years ago. Because many churches jumped on the George W. Bush bandwagon only to find out that he embraced a different type of religion and Christianity than they did, churches are wary of jumping into the political fray. This fight is on us. This fight is on the 99%. Churches may jump on our bandwagon but we have to lead.

    Thanks for your comments.

  • BBrooks630

    You know what I think is funny?  That Obama has no idea what the Constitution is all about.  I think it’s funny that most of your readers have no f***ing idea what the C. is all about.  I find it hilarious (sad) that Obama calls out the SC; when was the last time that a President called out the SC?  I find it hilarious that the SC was basically laughing their rear ends off at the Solicitor trying to defend the indefensible.  “Can you create commerce so that you can regulate it?”  When did Obama forget that the SC overturns legislation all the time?  He is the most arrogant, self-serving “president” we’ve ever seen, and good thing he’s only got a few more months to go before he is the “one-term” president that he predicted he’d be with unemployment rates over 8%, but at least he’ll have more “flexibility” once he’s out office in January.

  • I mean. You don’t even try to make sense any more. So were you swearing when George Bush called out the Supreme Court? 
    “It’s a Supreme Court decision,” Bush said. “We will abide by the decision. That doesn’t mean I have to agree with it. It was a deeply divided court. I strongly agree with those who dissented.” Where was your anger? Look, what’s to stop the pretense, it doesn’t matter what Barack Obama does – you hate him. That’s fine. Just don’t try to wrap it into some pretense of a thoughtful argument. You don’t have one. And the fact that you put president” is simply sat. He was elected by larger margin than George W. Bush. He is the president United States with you like it or not. He’s actually constitutional lawyer so, I would suspect, I’m probably wrong though, that he knows a little bit more about the Constitution then  you do.

    With the GOP running the worst candidates that would seen in our lifetime, with the economy improving, with unemployment continuing to plummet, I think the chances of Barack Obama getting a second term are extremely good. I’ll tell you what I do for you, I’ll see about writing your prescription for some Zoloft and some Paxil. This combination me as your depression.

    Thanks for stopping by. Next time, do me a favor, less hatred more thoughtful discussion.

  • TCB

    Obama: “Ultimately I am 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,”


    What’s so unprecedented about the Court striking down a law by
    Congress.  Aren’t Obama and Holder trying
    to get the court to strike down DOMA (which was passed with much larger
    majorities than Obamacare).