Skip to comments.Justices poised to strike down entire healthcare law
Posted on 04/02/2012 11:47:27 AM PDT by Iam1ru1-2
Reporting from Washington The Supreme Court's conservative justices said Wednesday they are prepared to strike down President Obamas 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 courts 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.
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So, When the have nothing to report, they regurgitate old news?
We are being set up for a major BOHICA moment.
Simple, throw out the bill, make congress and Obama worry about it... most insurance companies have already figured these basic benefits into their market/ business plans, and figure even if the bill gets tossed, they eventually would have to head down that road anyway. After the bill is thrown out they become the good guys for keeping the basic benies. What the hell is hard about that...
There is no trajedy in not having health insurance.
There is a trajedy in dying because simple, inexpensive healthcare was denied.
As opposed to those who have lost their employer coverage? More people have actually lost health care coverage than have gained it. There are more uninsured than before Obamacare started.
Obamacare is a gigantic disaster if the goal is to increase, not decrease coverage.
That 26 year old coverage provision could be passed all by itself.
that is the legislature’s job to pick and choose.
They’ve ben poised and poised and poised.
When are they going to actually act?
Or is this a draw out BOHICA moment?
An Obama administration lawyer, urging caution, said it would be “extraordinary” for the court to throw out the entire law.
(Paraphrasing Carl Sagan) “Extraordinary laws require extraordinary justification.”
All the tax grabbers did was show that they want to pass constitutional Amendment 16.5, without having followed the requirements of the Constitution.
Kids up to the age of 26 have been able to remain on their parents’ insurance plans for quite a while, long before anyone ever heard of this law.
As just reported on FOX, the Obama administration is saying it is a shame that a law can be overturned by “unelected” individuals!
So, their argument is it can't be struck down because it's already been enacted? But, the SCOTUS can't strike ANYTHING down until it's enacted, nimwit.
And, just like in HI when they enacted a "free healthcare for all children" law that went bankrupt in nine months when everyone dropped their personal coverage on their kids, they all went back to where they were before the law passed.
Most, if not all, insurance companies at employers allow changes mid-year due to life events. This could simply be a life event.
I’m guessing that 20-25 year olds are too busy paying their student loans (which is mandatory) to have the surplus cash to purchase health insurance. For this age group health insurance is as discretionary purchase. We might consider it foolish, but most aren’t likely to need it.
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