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Supreme Court Takes Its Time on Health Care

Posted on Nov 14, 2011
Marc Nozell (BY-CC)

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care overhaul once and for all and it has devoted 5½ hours to oral arguments—more time than any other case in 40 years. Arguments usually last only an hour, except in special cases.

The court will rule on four points, including whether the law’s mandate that all Americans buy private insurance is constitutional.  —PZS


In an apparent effort to be as comprehensive as possible, the court certified four questions for review. First, and most important: Did Congress exceed its constitutional authority in requiring virtually all Americans to have basic health care coverage?

The second: If the individual mandate is unconstitutional, does the rest of the law stand? Even the government now says there would be no way to provide the goodies everyone likes in this law without the expanded pool of people paying into the system.

The third question: Does the law impose unconstitutional conditions on the states by requiring them to pay 5 percent more into Medicaid by 2017 to cover the increased number of people under the program?

And the last question: Is it is premature to decide the first three?

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By BrooklynDame, November 16, 2011 at 11:55 am Link to this comment

They’ll run into complications further down the road because the real issue will be
that several of the justices should recuse themselves.

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By MK Ultra, November 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm Link to this comment

A hundred bucks says the Corporate Supremos vote to keep the so-called “reform” thus making the sell out to the insurance industry official with the official seal of the highest law of the land.  At that point, I suggest we all drop our pants, bend over and hold on to our ankles.  Of course, that would apply for those that still have a job.  The ones that are destitute and homeless have nothing to worry about since they don’t pay taxes for the benefit of the ruling elites.

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By Big B, November 15, 2011 at 5:31 am Link to this comment

Hopefully this shit legislation will be tossed in the dustbin of history by an unwitting ultra-conservative supreme court. But don’t hold your breathe. If they are smart conservatives they will uphold this incredibly expensive and il-advised law and make Barry and the blus dogs that wrote this garbage law wollow in their own filth, and kill any idea of universal healthcare in america once and for all.

Like the poison pill that GW fed to medicare with the part D law, this moronic law could prove to be a pillow over the face of any potential single payer plan in the future.

If the supremes are dumb enough to overturn this it should prove to be a perfect opportunity for prez Barry to show true leadership and boldly set the medicare age at 0. But bold leardership from the O’bomber that doesn’t benefit his corporate masters and largest donors, in an election year? Don’t hold your breath.

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By AMeshiea, November 15, 2011 at 1:28 am Link to this comment

“And since we know that they want to hold
it Constitutional and that they don’t care about the
law, it’s a good bet that they will find it

Exactly right Miko.

The SC has already been weighted towards the
corporate interests as Citizens United proves. To
reverse this law would undo all that lobbying work
that the Obama administration worked so hard to

Not going to happen.

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By zonth_zonth, November 15, 2011 at 12:00 am Link to this comment

what a farce.  The majority were in favor of single payer healthcare, but it has been corrupted and transmogrified by political and lobbyist fingers. 

Dont worry middle class, the supreme court has your best interest in mind.  Should be interesting to see what they muck up next.

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By Payson, November 14, 2011 at 10:56 pm Link to this comment

Well, we can be sure Clarence Thomas has already decided it is unconstitutional,
though because the health care act benefits insurance companies far more than
actual citizens, part of me wonders if the Supreme Court wont kill it after all. 

Maybe the delay is so the insurance lobbyists can get everyone in line?  The whole
thing stinks and every opportunity to fight for a public option was wasted so I
really don’t care what the Supreme Court decides.  While we wait, my insurance
premiums have already gone up and I have a feeling that trend will continue.

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By MeHere, November 14, 2011 at 10:51 pm Link to this comment

It is ludicrous to have devoted so much time to produce an inadequate healthcare
law only to immediately follow that with deliberations as to its constitutionality -
the kind of stuff political satire is made of.  Just have the Supreme Court rule that
“the healthcare law is a person” and get it over quickly. No one will complain.

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By Miko, November 14, 2011 at 7:38 pm Link to this comment
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The fact that they’re going to spend so much time on it
is a good sign that the law will be held as
Constitutional.  Since it’s actually plainly
unconstitutional, they would only devote so much time
to arguments if they were looking for some twisted
logic that would allow them to ignore the text of the
Constitution.  And since we know that they want to hold
it Constitutional and that they don’t care about the
law, it’s a good bet that they will find it

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