The Morning Jolt: The End of Obamacare?

atomikmom 2012/03/30 02:34:16
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Justices poised to strike down entire healthcare law

Demonstrations outside the Supreme Court

Demonstrators pray outside
the U.S. Supreme Court on the third day of oral arguments over the
constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
(Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images / March 28, 2012)

By David G. Savage

March 28, 2012, 8:35 a.m.

Reporting from Washington—

The Supreme Court's conservative justices said Wednesday they are prepared to strike down President Obama’s healthcare law entirely.

Picking up where they left off Tuesday, the conservatives said they
thought a decision striking down the law's controversial individual
mandate to purchase health insurance means the whole statute should fall
with it.

The court’s conservatives
sounded as though they had determined for themselves that the 2,700-page
measure must be declared unconstitutional.

"One way or another, Congress will have to revisit it in toto," said Justice Antonin Scalia.

Agreeing, Justice Anthony Kennedy
said it would be an "extreme proposition" to allow the various
insurance regulations to stand after the mandate was struck down.

Meanwhile, the court's liberal justices argued for restraint. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the court should do a "salvage job," not undertake a “wrecking operation." But she looked to be out-voted.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said
they shared the view of Scalia and Kennedy that the law should stand or
fall in total. Along with Justice Clarence Thomas, they would have a majority to strike down the entire statute as unconstitutional.

An Obama administration lawyer, urging caution, said it would be
"extraordinary" for the court to throw out the entire law. About 2.5
million young people under age 26 are on their parents' insurance now
because of the new law. If it were struck down entirely, "2.5 million of
them would be thrown off the insurance rolls," said Edwin Kneedler.

The administration indicated it was prepared to accept a ruling that
some of the insurance reforms should fall if the mandate were struck
down. For example, insurers would not be required to sell coverage to
people with preexisting conditions. But Kneedler, a deputy solicitor
general, said the court should go no further.

But the court's conservatives said the law was passed as a package and must fall as a package.

The justices are scheduled to meet Wednesday afternoon to debate the law's Medicaid expansion.

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  • kaZappoo 2012/03/30 04:42:55
    we can hope & pray ....word has it that they will vote on it tomorrow (the people not likely to know their vote ),,but not likely rule on it or release their ruling till june ...
  • Soundstorm 2012/03/30 04:16:33
    Who are Obama's lawyers kidding when they "urge caution" and that it would be "extraordinary" to throw out the entire law? The 111th Congress showed an extraordinary lack of caution when they passed it in the first place.

    Homer Simpson Congress
  • Pearlie Momi♥Patriot Warrior♥ 2012/03/30 03:46:25
    Pearlie Momi♥Patriot Warrior♥
    Yes, it is about time...Throw Obama care in the shredder.
  • atomikmom Pearlie... 2012/03/30 03:58:22
    Why should we be forced to buy Health care if we can't afford it? That is what Obama is pushing for.
  • Pearlie... atomikmom 2012/03/30 09:27:38
    Pearlie Momi♥Patriot Warrior♥
    Exactly and young people don't feel like buying it right now. Maybe later on, why should they pay for someone else , it is not fair. They should not be force to buy it.
  • ConLibFraud 2012/03/30 03:44:59
    What is soooooo absolutely disgusting is We The People have been robbed of trillions and trillions!!! We should have everything and yet the sheeple still have their heads in the sand!!!

    America - The Divided States of Denial - Land of the Sheep and Home of the Slave!!!!
  • Dagon 2012/03/30 03:40:25
  • abubincrazy 2012/03/30 02:41:41
    It WOULD be a load off my mind.
    But we're still stuck with that lunatic Marxist til next year.
    He's STILL dangerous.
  • atomikmom 2012/03/30 02:36:32
    We are Damned if we don't accept Obamacare and we are Damned if we do. Either way, we can not win.
  • ConLibF... atomikmom 2012/03/30 03:40:05

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