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Obama’s Solicitor General, Donald Verrilli, has rough start at health care oral arguments

JT 2012/03/27 21:05:45


Supreme Court justices battered Obama's solicitor general, Donald Verrilli Jr., with questions today, prodding him to explain why the government could compel Americans to buy health care insurance and not, for example, force them to purchase broccoli or burial insurance.


Verrilli appeared to stumble over his words at the beginning of his hourlong questioning, and took a drink of water less than a minute after beginning his statement before composing himself. After the oral arguments were over, some court watchers weren't exactly kind when assessing his performance.


CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said that the day's arguments were a "train wreck" for the Obama administration and that Verrilli seemed unprepared. "I don't know why he had a bad day," he said. "He is a good lawyer, he was a perfectly fine lawyer in the really sort of tangential argument yesterday. He was not ready for the answers for the conservative justices."


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Time Magazine writer Kate Pickert wrote on Twitter that Verrilli "lost his footing a bit," relying on the liberal Justices to remind the other Justices of the key arguments for the law. Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein said Verrilli "lost big."


Lyle Denniston, a long-time court watcher for SCOTUSblog, told Yahoo News that Verrilli did well on the Commerce Clause argument on the whole, but "did not give a crisp reply" when Justice Samuel Alito asked him to express the limiting principle. Alito pressed him to describe how far Congress can go in forcing people to purchase a product in order to regulate interstate commerce. (Alito had earlier asked whether Congress could force Americans to buy burial insurance if the mandate is allowed, under the rationale that everyone dies and must eventually pay for a burial.) "Could you express your limiting principle as succinctly as you possibly can?" Alito asked. Verrilli's answer was a bit convoluted and grammatically confusing.


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  • zbacku 2012/03/29 15:36:39
    zbacku
    +2
    Verrilli "lost his footing a bit,"???? He's a blithering idiot.
  • JT zbacku 2012/03/29 15:39:12
    JT
    +2
    0bama would not afford him the use of the "national" teleprompter.....LOL.
  • Kane Fernau 2012/03/28 16:04:31
    Kane Fernau
    +3
    It's hard to defend the indefensible.
  • JT Kane Fe... 2012/03/28 16:05:16
    JT
    +2
    Uphill, all the way.
  • Fred 2012/03/28 13:31:56
    Fred
    +4
    If this passes it gives the feds so much power over our every day lives
  • JT Fred 2012/03/28 13:35:33
    JT
    +3
    It has never been about healthcare reform, it's a power grab.
  • goatman112003 2012/03/28 03:02:57
    goatman112003
    +4
    If this crap passes muster then you will be eating broccoli under duress.
  • JT goatman... 2012/03/28 13:22:37
    JT
    +4
    Beano sales will soar..........

    Beano
  • Kane Fe... JT 2012/03/28 16:30:26
    Kane Fernau
    +2
    Nancy Pelosi owns Beano stock
  • JT Kane Fe... 2012/03/28 16:32:23
    JT
    +2
    ROFL!!!

    nancy pelosi has gas
  • marcuss LIBERALS ARE TRAITORS 2012/03/28 02:11:11
    marcuss LIBERALS ARE TRAITORS
    +3
    Just another 0WEbama stooge fumbling during questioning just like Holder. This once again proves that the people put into positions by the 0WEbama administration do not have any idea what they are doing.
  • JT marcuss... 2012/03/28 13:23:07
    JT
    +2
    Perhaps intentional.
  • Ken 2012/03/28 01:26:09
    Ken
    +4
    Kagan should excuse herself.
  • JT Ken 2012/03/28 13:23:41
    JT
    +3
    From the general population, or just the bench?
  • Ken JT 2012/03/28 15:39:19
    Ken
    +1
    I would approve both.
  • JT Ken 2012/03/28 16:05:30
  • Nancy~PWCM~JLA~POTL 2012/03/28 01:08:42
    Nancy~PWCM~JLA~POTL
    +6
    If you are Amish you can opt out of OBamacare. I think everyone will be riding horse and buggy for more reasons than one. amish buggy

    This will be the only transportation in high tech world that we can afford. Pretty scary since we have taken more steps backward than forward.
  • JT Nancy~P... 2012/03/28 13:24:41
    JT
    +1
    "more steps backward than forward."

    The ever so ironic dance of the so called "progressives".
  • ed 2012/03/28 00:33:06
    ed
    +4
    good and I hope someone brings up about how are all these people and businesses getting a free pass on obamacare.
  • JT ed 2012/03/28 13:25:41
    JT
    +2
    Quid pro quo at the federal level.
  • texasred 2012/03/28 00:15:49
    texasred
    +5
    I'm still scared. I don't trust any of them anymore, except maybe Clarence Thomas. Scalia and Roberts are a maybe to me.
  • JT texasred 2012/03/28 13:26:24
    JT
    +3
    It will be closer than we may expect.
  • ed texasred 2012/03/28 23:20:00
    ed
    +2
    not to worry most of us are.There is no telling what will happen.
  • texasred ed 2012/03/28 23:40:32
    texasred
    +2
    I hope you're an Oath Keeper. We're going to have to rely on them to help us through this.
  • NPC texasred 2012/03/29 17:40:56
    NPC
    +2
    5-4 no doubt. The 4 LWNJ's dd not even listen. They will vote for it no matter what. This cannot survive without requiring persons to buy insurance.
  • texasred NPC 2012/03/29 22:19:36
    texasred
    +1
    I'm praying!
  • apachehellfire65 2012/03/27 23:50:18
    apachehellfire65
    +5
    how do you defend something that has no real defence?
  • JT apacheh... 2012/03/28 13:27:10
    JT
    +4
    The only defence on their part is to attempt to argue logic with emotion.
  • Ken 2012/03/27 23:16:52
    Ken
    +7
    Sam Alito is one of the brightest justices on the SC! The question he posed is, if we allow the federal government to force people to buy health insurance, thus forcing them to engage in interstate commerce so the federal government can regulate it, what limitations are there on the powers of congress and the federal government? The answer is, of course, there would be essentially no limitations on the power of the federal government if they let Obamacare stand.
  • JT Ken 2012/03/28 13:28:32
    JT
    +4
    I don't think that the judges care for the blatant power grab, (at least, hopefully, most of them).
  • Ken JT 2012/03/28 23:34:14
    Ken
    +2
    It sounded that way today as they discussed what, if any, of the bill could be salvaged. IMHO, they will tell congress to start all over. Remember when Nancy Pelosi was asked by a reporter if Obamacare was constitutional? "Are you serious? Are you serious???"



    Yes, Nancy, he was quite serious!
  • JT Ken 2012/03/28 23:39:54
    JT
    +1
    I hope they start all over next year.
  • Louisa - Enemy of the State 2012/03/27 23:10:44
    Louisa - Enemy of the State
    +5
    I have been forewarned to NOT read anything into the questions asked by the Justices and I'm NOT! As far as I'm concerned, they are asking these questions to throw us off when they vote in favor of Obamacare.
  • JT Louisa ... 2012/03/28 13:29:34
    JT
    +2
    I've considered that as well. is it a ruse to show that they have been objective. Time will tell.
  • princess 2012/03/27 22:41:00 (edited)
    princess
    +5
    Sounds like he could've used OVomit's teleprompter. LOL
  • NPC princess 2012/03/28 00:18:37
    NPC
    +4
    Vermincelli was rambling all over the place today
  • JT princess 2012/03/28 13:30:31
    JT
    +3
    It's currently being re-programmed by the soros' administration.....LOL.
  • jr 2012/03/27 22:25:25
    jr
    +5
    The Obamacare law has been a train wreck from the beginning
  • JT jr 2012/03/28 13:31:03
    JT
    +1
    Time to sever it before it takes root.
  • none 2012/03/27 22:16:00
    none
    +5
    If the government can force you to buy into Obama care they can force you to buy anything.

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