published Monday, November 14th, 2011

Supreme Court will hear Obama's health care case this term

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says it will hear arguments over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, setting up an election-year showdown over the White House's main domestic policy achievement.

The justices on Monday revealed they would take the case. That means arguments could come in March, allowing plenty of time for a decision in late June, just over four months before Election Day.

The health care case could be the high court's most significant and political undertaking since the 5-4 decision in Bush v. Gore nearly 11 years ago. That ruling effectively sealed George W. Bush's 2000 presidential election victory.

Republicans have called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unconstitutional since before Obama signed it into law in March 2010. But federal appeals courts have been split on their assessment.

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acerigger said...

Why would they even hear this case? The TFP and the RNC have already told us that it's unconstitutional!

November 14, 2011 at 11:20 a.m.
ibshame said...

If the court says the health care plan is constitutional, Mitt Romney will be more than happy to take credit for the fact President Obama's health care plan is supposedly modeled after the one he had in Massachusetts. However, if the court says it's unconstitutional then he will definitely continue to say President Obama's health care plan was nothing like the one he had in Massachusetts and definitely not one to work for the WHOLE country. It's a win-win for Romney either way.

November 14, 2011 at 11:56 a.m.

This will be a win for the founding fathers.

November 14, 2011 at 12:56 p.m.
fairmon said...

The frightening thing about their ruling is it could open the door for the federal government requiring the purchase by everyone an number of things. One that comes to mind is the requirement to purchase treasury bonds in a 401K or other savings to keep interest rates low. It is a Pandora's box with the potential of expanding federal government power resulting in a big change in our governing process. Perhaps enough people are willing to give up freedom of choice to justify adding another burden to future generations.

November 14, 2011 at 8:42 p.m.
01centare said...

If you read up on FDR when he was elected to office, it sounds like history is repeating itself.

excerpts from encyclopedia dot com:

The New Deal in Action The National Recovery Administration (NRA) formed the spearhead of the administration's attack on the economic crisis Headed by General Hugh Johnson, the NRA set out to secure the agreement of major industries to government-backed codes designed to stop the downward slide of payrolls, prices, and production. The codes brought stability to the failing economy, but they did not bring instant recovery. More than 20 percent of the work force remained idle in 1934. The codes also brought controversy. Small businessmen in particular chafed under the labor regulations of the codes; virtually all businessmen resented the weight of government bureaucracy with which they were suddenly saddled; other critics charged that the codes maintained prices at artificially high levels and promoted monopoly. On 27 May 1935 the United States Supreme Court declared the NRA unconstitutional. The administration soon rebounded with a series of "Little NRA" bills targeted on specific industries, including coal mining and oil refining.

November 14, 2011 at 9:53 p.m.
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