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CBS News: Roberts Was Going to Overturn ObamaCare But Changed His Mind
News ^ | July 1, 2012 | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 07/01/2012 10:47:39 AM PDT by Kaslin

CBS News broke a huge story on Sunday's Face the Nation concerning the Supreme Court's Thursday ruling on ObamaCare.

According to Jan Crawford, CBS legal and political correspondent, Chief Justice John Roberts was initially going to strike down the individual mandate requiring citizens to buy health insurance, but changed his mind over the objections of the conservatives on the Court (video follows with transcript):

CBS News: Roberts Initially Wanted to Strike Down ObamaCare Mandate But Changed His Mind

NORAH O’DONNELL, SUBSTITUTE HOST: We're going to start first with Jan because you've done some reporting. The big question was why did Chief Justice John Roberts do what he did? And you've learned some new details right?

JAN CRAWFORD, CBS LEGAL AND POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, that's right. What was striking about this decision was that it was the conservative Chief Justice that was providing that decisive fifth vote, joining the liberals to uphold the President’s signature achievement. And Norah that was something that no one would have expected back in 2005 when President George W. Bush put him on the Supreme Court, and that was something that not even the conservative justices expected back in March when the Court heard arguments in this case.

I am told by two sources with specific knowledge of the Court's deliberations that Roberts initially sided with the conservatives in this case and was prepared to strike down the heart of this law, the so-called individual mandate, of course, that requires all Americans to buy insurance or pay a penalty. But Roberts, I'm told by my sources, changed his views deciding to instead join with the liberals.

And he withstood-- I'm told by my sources -- a month-long desperate campaign by the conservative justices to bring him back to the fold, and that campaign was led, ironically, by Justice Anthony Kennedy. And why that's ironic is because it was Justice Kennedy that conservatives feared would be the one most likely to defect. But their effort, of course, was unsuccessful. Roberts did not budge. The conservatives wrote that astonishing joint dissent united in opposition, and Roberts wrote the majority opinion with the four liberals to uphold the President's signature achievement.

O’DONNELL: Has this there been anything like this on the Court before? I mean, that's extraordinary that the Chief Justice, according to your report about a month ago decided to do this and then was lobbied unsuccessfully.

CRAWFORD: Yes, that has happened before, and often in high-profile, controversial cases including Justice Kennedy who's changed his views in a very high-profile case involving a woman's rights on abortion back in 1992. And justices do change their mind. There is precedent for that. One justice told me that surprisingly enough it happens about once a term. But in the case of this magnitude with so much on the line, conservatives believed they had Roberts’ vote in this case, and there's quite a lot of anger within the hallways of the Supreme Court right now.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alteredsource; facethenation; jancrawford; obamacaredecision; robertscaved; robertscavedtomedia
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To: Kennard
but it was passed as a penalty and Obama is, correctly, sticking to that position.

And essentially Roberts said it was "Defacto Tax" something like that historic "Defacto Segregation"
181 posted on 07/01/2012 2:13:20 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: Las Vegas Ron
"Would YOU sacrifice your Life, Liberty and Property, the safety of your beloved Family when it has been demonstrated time and time again that no one will back you up?" These guys did.
182 posted on 07/01/2012 2:15:01 PM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: hoosiermama
Just as I trust in God's will for my life, I will trust that for whatever reason, Roberts made a convoluted decision because he knew another matter needed attention and would need this sacrificial pawn to achieve it.

John Roberts is not God and does not deserve the sort of faith you place in God. This talk about Roberts playing chess against checker players overlooks the simple fact that no one else is playing games of any sort - Roberts apparently did not establish any new precedent limiting the reach of the Commerce Clause and even if he had, it was not worth the devastation his decision has caused by legitimizing the ability of the federal government to command citizens to do anything at all or face a tax.

Roberts reportedly abandoned his own views under political and media pressure. He was rolled, and has given liberals good reason to believe they can roll him again through the decades he will serve. This was not a "pawn", and there is no "queen" out there that can make this disaster acceptable.
183 posted on 07/01/2012 2:19:05 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
Go read the judges decisions in the Bible. It's not Roberts that I've placed my faith in but, have faith that in his decision he too looked at how judges in the Bible made their decision. He was asked to divide the baby, divide the county....He turned it back to the mothers, the people. Have you ever thought that there would be no death and resurrection if the Judge said...”Jesus you may go free, they've got nothing against you”.

Those yelling for Roberts skin are no different then the mobs of yore.

Re read what I wrote when you calm down and regain some sense.

184 posted on 07/01/2012 2:26:57 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying then or now!)
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To: Gene Eric

UH...The FBI is under the direction of ....Eric WIthHolder

185 posted on 07/01/2012 2:30:24 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying then or now!)
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To: FES0844; onyx
Check Roberts for a brain tumor.

or perhaps a girl friend!

From what I read on the other thread, it looks like boyfriend would be a more appropriate "perhaps".

Roberts Switched Views to Uphold Health Care Law (Original CBS Report)

186 posted on 07/01/2012 2:37:34 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: lodi90

Occam’s Razor....that’s it!

This was the phrase I was trying to dredge up over all the intellectual pundits’ many explanations for Roberts’ decision.

Dear Lord George Will and Charlie Krauthammer want to make him the pope!

What the hay? These guys do not speak for me. Their day is long passed, they are not anywhere near my wave length.

For Roberts simply did NOT do his job. His job, which I will write here in simple language for George Will, Krauthammer, et that they get it.

A Supreme Court Justice’s job is to interpret all legislation when appealed as to whether it is in sync with our constitution.

It ain’t rocket science no matter how their august selves and Krauthammer would have you believe.

Read the constitution and is this law as being contested in compliance with it.

Roberts did not do this.

His job is NOT to re-write the law so that it’s more in compliance with the constitution. That is the job of our duly elected legislators.

His job is NOT to save the supreme court or its reputation.

His job is NOT to keep John Roberts in good with the cocktail circuit crowd.

If you or I don’t do our job we get fired.

Only we can’t fire Roberts.

Now what do we do?

The man did NOT take a stand and why should he? He can’t get fired and its not worth the bother of scorn.

So he just makes up his job duties and there you have it.

One silly, silly man afraid to take a stand. If a Supreme Court Justice don’t take a stand than who can?

187 posted on 07/01/2012 2:39:20 PM PDT by Fishtalk (
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To: Cowboy Bob
Everyone is deluding themselves if they think the Republicans are going to do anything.
They aren't, they will let this Bill stand as it is.
The Republicans always talk a good game but please tell me one time they actually did anything?
When all those Tea Party types were elected in November 2010 they all vowed to defund Obamacare and draw a line on the Debt and Deficit. What happened, Nothing they all caved in.
So if the recent past is any indicator look for nothing to happen except a lot of hot air.
The Republicans have broken faith repeatedly, why believe anything they say and don't forget they were the ones who had a comprehensive plan for a Government Single Payer System back in the 1990’s that the Democrats built on passed as Obamacare.
188 posted on 07/01/2012 2:41:06 PM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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To: hoosiermama
Those yelling for Roberts skin are no different then the mobs of yore.

Those who can't understand that they've lost will never learn from the loss and will keep making the same mistakes.

Re read what I wrote when you calm down and regain some sense.

I'm perfectly calm, thanks - as to sense, I'll leave it to the years to come to teach you that you're the one lacking it here. There is no good that is going to magically come from this decision.
189 posted on 07/01/2012 2:41:37 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Bratch

“What’ll they do, have the Speaker cry all over him?”

That would do it for me!

190 posted on 07/01/2012 2:42:53 PM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Captain Peter Blood

Ah, but you forgot one thing that WILL happen if this OBamacare is not repealed.

See Romney is likely to be reaching across the aisles because while he’s all we got, we know he’s a liberal, we don’t much like him.

But he’s got four years and I predict as soon as he begins reaching across aisles and becomes a RINO, the Tea Party will be activated.

Four years will be plenty of time to form a cohesive third party, goodness we got started on it already but wisely stepped aside for our two party system to work.

We got Romney.

Still and so we’ll wait, we’ll see, Romney knows how to wave his finger to see where the wind wafts.

Come the elections of 2016 if Romney disappoints, there WILL be a third party.

Yes I know all the pitfalls of third parties but if the two parties you got are both the same, what we got to lose?

So while you’re right, the Republicans might likely do nothing about OBamacare...but I do think there will be major consequences.

Just a hunch.

191 posted on 07/01/2012 2:45:57 PM PDT by Fishtalk (
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To: All

And to think many were worried about Harriet Miers.

Roberts turned out to be worse - at least Harriet Miers (though unqualified) had principles!

192 posted on 07/01/2012 2:46:29 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Kaslin

The Supreme Court nas now joined the ranks of the 9th Circus Court.

193 posted on 07/01/2012 2:53:16 PM PDT by Joe Bfstplk (People should enjoy the fruits of their labor. No labor, no fruit.)
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To: Eye of Unk

That’s about as twisted a rationalization as the one Roberts used to rationalize his decision.

194 posted on 07/01/2012 3:35:05 PM PDT by LibFreeUSA
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To: tumblindice
These guys did.

For what...?

We're pissing away everything they fought for.

Do I have the answer?

No, I wish to God I did.

195 posted on 07/01/2012 3:52:13 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio -
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To: Las Vegas Ron
I don't mean to aim this personally at you but I'm just presenting this for thought.

And I'm not taking it personally, it is a valid question

I don't know if I'd be willing, but I can honestly promise you that I would NOT take the appointment if I wasn't willing to do so.

Is that a fair answer?

So, to complete the thought, Roberts voluntarily took the appointment,so yes, I do not sympathize. He shouldn’t be on the bench if he’s not willing to stand up to Obama’s thugs.

I would not criticize him if he said he couldn't take the appointment for fear of his family.

196 posted on 07/01/2012 3:58:15 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the weren't really there)
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To: uncbob

We might say that he “DEEMED” it a tax? Whole lot of deem-ons these days.

197 posted on 07/01/2012 3:58:54 PM PDT by Anima Mundi (ENVY IS JUST PASSIVE, LAZY GREED)
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To: Las Vegas Ron
BTW, that is a true story....and don't ask how the marriage turned out!

Probably longer odds

198 posted on 07/01/2012 4:02:02 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the weren't really there)
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To: Cowboy Bob
This is good to know. When the Republicans are in charge, they will be able to intimidate Roberts into making decisions that will uphold the constitution.

Roberts "blinked" under pressure by the White House.

The only danger and problem with that thinking is that the Republicans who might be in charge again are the same types, or even more liberal, as the Republicans who thought Roberts would make a good Chief Justice. Roberts is a good Chief Justice in their eyes, but they are a lot more liberal than you or I.

This is a nightmare that will take many years to resolve, because the liberal Republicans are firmly entrenched and not enough Conservatives are motivated to vote them out of office or to vote against them in the primaries, and we don't have enough Conservatives in Congress yet to really keep stand up to the Democrats and RINOs that get in the White House.
199 posted on 07/01/2012 4:11:10 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Las Vegas Ron
On a similar gambling note, and I hope she is still a FReeper and reads this, when I was in DC for 9/12 I met a young woman at the hotel where Free Republic had booked a block of rooms.

She bought me and a couple of other FReepers a drink. Anyway, she told us how she was in the hole for some debts, but she wanted to come to 9/12. She took a small amount of money to a casino (I think she lived in Nevada) and told herself that she would gamble that money and if it was fated she would win enough to pay the debt and get a last minute ticket to DC and 9/11. Well, she won $5K, paid the debt and hopped on a jet for DC. It was a pleasure to meet another patriot and hear her story.

So, I guess lady luck does intervene for a reason now and then. I wish I could remember the other FReepers I met there. I did meet Jim Robinson, a true patriot.

200 posted on 07/01/2012 4:15:09 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the weren't really there)
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