photo: Andrew Sullivan's blog.
What Liberal Media?
I didn't expect that decision. I believed it would go 5/4 against Obamacare.
This is an important win for President Obama. I'd read on various news blogs and from pundits that if Obamacare were ruled unConstitutional, it would have implied that the president wasted the first half of his presidency on pursuing health care reform. And in turn that would have made Mr. Obama a loser in some voters' eyes. Now he's seen as a winner, again, and no more can his opponents label him as amateur or not knowing what he's doing. He deserves to be acknowledged as a very, very savvy politician. Good going for President Obama, and good for all Americans who have been helped by Obamacare. --SK
"WASHINGTON -- The individual health insurance mandate is constitutional, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday, upholding the central provision of President Barack Obama's signature Affordable Care Act.
The controlling opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, upheld the mandate as a tax, although concluded it was not valid as an exercise of Congress' commerce clause power. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined in the outcome
The decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius comes as something of a surprise after the generally hostile reception the law received during the six hours of oral arguments held over three days in March. But by siding with the court's four Democratic appointees, Chief Justice Roberts avoided the delegitimizing taint of politics that surrounds a party-line vote while passing Obamacare's fate back to the elected branches. GOP candidates and incumbents will surely spend the rest of the 2012 campaign season running against the Supreme Court and for repeal of the law.
Five justices concluded that the mandate, which requires virtually all Americans to obtain minimum health insurance coverage or pay a penalty, falls within Congress' power under the Constitution to 'lay and collect taxes.'
'The individual mandate cannot be upheld as an exercise of Congress's power under the Commerce Clause,' Roberts wrote. 'That Clause authorizes Congress to regulate interstate commerce, not to order individuals to engage in it. In this case, however, it is reasonable to construe what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who have a certain amount of income, but choose to go without health insurance. Such legislation is within Congress's power to tax.'
Victory for Obama, but Ruling Limits Medicaid Provision
By JOHN H. CUSHMAN Jr.
"In a victory for President Obama and Congressional Democrats, the Supreme Court on Thursday left standing the basic provisions of the health care overhaul, ruling that the government may use its taxation powers to push people to buy insurance."
From Talking Points Memo:
2. According to today’s statement, Mitt Romney supports virtually every provision of ‘Obamacare’ other than the mandate that he pioneered.
Interesting observation from the daily kos:
"As president, Mitt will nominate judges in the mold of Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito,” reads the ‘Courts & The Constitution’ section of Romney’s campaign website.So to recap, Republicans nominated the Father of Obamacare, and has pledged to nominate justices in the mold of Chief Justice Roberts, who upheld Obamcare."
Now go eat your broccoli, it's not only good for you, it's Constitutional, too.