Arrogant, Combative Obama Warns Supreme Court On Health Law, Calls Them “Unelected”


obama-ice-creamPresident Barack Obama on Monday challenged the “unelected” Supreme Court not to take the “extraordinary” and “unprecedented” step of overturning his landmark health reform law.

Though Obama said he was confident the court would uphold the law, the centerpiece of his political legacy, he appeared to be previewing campaign trail arguments should the nine justices strike the legislation down.

In a highly combative salvo, Obama also staunchly defended the anchor of the law — a requirement that all Americans buy health insurance — as key to giving millions of people access to treatment for the first time.

“Ultimately, I am confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress,” Obama said.

Pointed comments from Supreme Court justices last week during three days of compelling hearings have convinced many commentators that the court, expected to rule in June, will declare the law, dubbed ObamaCare, unconstitutional.

Such a move would electrify the White House race, puncture Obama’s claims to be a reformer in the grand political tradition, and throw the US health care industry into chaos.

Obama noted that for years, conservatives had been arguing that the “unelected” Supreme Court should not adopt an activist approach by making rather than interpreting law, and held up the health legislation as an example.

“I am pretty confident that this court will recognize that and not take that step,” Obama said during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden with the leaders of Canada and Mexico in his first comments on last week’s hearings.

Obama’s comments will be seen as a warning shot to the court, one of the three branches of the US government, and could draw complaints from critics that he is trying to influence the deliberations.

The health care case is the most closely watched Supreme Court deliberation since a divided bench handed the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush over Al Gore, and could have far reaching political implications.

Obama also argued there was a “human element” to the health care battle, as well as legal and political dimensions.

He said that without the law, passed after a fierce battle with Republicans in 2010, several million children would not have health care, and millions more adults with pre-existing conditions would also be deprived of treatment.

Opponents of the health care law argue that the government has overreached its powers by requiring all Americans to purchase health insurance.

But supporters say that the government is within its rights to regulate the health industry as it has the power to oversee commerce across state borders.

Without the mandate, they say, the costs of insuring an extra 32 million Americans would be prohibitive to the private health insurance industry.

The Affordable Care Act is highly polarizing in US politics as the election approaches and Obama is yet to get a political dividend for the huge expenditure of political capital required to pass the legislation.

If the court upholds the law, and he wins reelection in November, the legislation will likely stand for years, as it will be fully implemented by 2014, two years before his second term draws to a close.

But Republicans running to replace him in the November 6 election have all vowed to repeal ObamaCare.

“I think it’s important… to remind people that this is not an abstract argument,” Obama said.

“The law that’s already in place has already given 2.5 million young people health care that wouldn’t otherwise have it.

“There are tens of thousands of adults with preexisting conditions who have health care right now because of this law.”

{AFP/ Newscenter}


  1. Coming from an iligitimate foriegner who is occupying the WH, this is an outrage! Hussain wasn’t even born here & he’s telling the courts how to conduct business???! This bum should be impeached, arrested, & thrown in prison ASAP!

  2. and tens of thousands of adults whove seen their premiums go up by 80% . thanks genius
    lets see him take the california supreme court to task fo overturning a ban on “toevah” “marriage” which was passed by an overwhelming majority of the population of california across party lines. a much stronger voice than that of single party officials who cannot possibly speak for those who elected them, oin every issue, as we all vote for whoever is closest to our opinions even though they dont totally agree on all issues.
    strangely obama has nop issue with that overturning of peoples will.
    O bfuscate
    B alony
    A rrogant
    M egalomaniac
    A nti semite

  3. Um, Dear POTUS… isn’t that the point of the Supreme Court? To be unelected and unbiased? To not have to care about getting elected and they can just do their job **hint**?
    What will do you do to them- not renew their lifetime appointment?
    Hopefully, they look at the Constitution and realize what is factually correct.

  4. All I know is that the health insurance that those of us who actually pay, has gone through the roof! I have to pay out $20,000 for a family plan before getting any benefits. And even after that I still have another %2,000 deductible. Whatever the case, the insurance brokers blamed it on Obamacare. It is terrible how much we have to pay.
    No wonder why some people choose to go uninsured. I’m part of a group which gets insured and each year or every couple of years we keep on having to switch carriers since it’s getting worse and worse, but nothing has been as terrible as this year! May Hashem protect us!
    I hope there is no way he could bribe the justices. Are threats considered ‘shochad’? Who knows what he’s doing behind the scenes to force them?