Washington, D.C. – Leading up to the Supreme Court’s hearing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act no one seriously thought the Justices were going to chuck out the law. Then listening to them this week, there is a chance that they may rule the Individual Mandate for all Americans to purchase healthcare is unconstitutional.
Liberals are arguing that even if the mandate is held unconstitutional that the other provisions of the law should remain. Like forcing insurance companies to provide care to those with preexisting conditions and children remaining on their parent’s insurance until they are 26.
On Monday morning, Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), a member of House Democratic leadership, said that President Obama should run against the Court and accuse them of partisanship and judicial activism.
Clyburn said on “Morning Joe”,
“Well, in terms of the Congress, I believe that it would be off base for us to [go after the Court]. “But for the president, I don’t think it is. I think the president ought to take a look at what went on in the years before. We have seen presidents run against Congress and we have seen presidents run against the Supreme Court. Franklin Roosevelt did it to the Supreme Court; Truman did it to the Congress. I think that the president would take a look at exactly what he needs to do to connect with the American people. Let them know he has done everything that he can possibly do. And ask them to give him a mandate for the years going forward.”
Meanwhile, the pro-health care reform group Protect Your Care recently told the Washington Post that it would shift its focus from promoting the law toward going after the court, should a negative decision be handed down.
The group’s spokesman said,
“Since Bush v. Gore, from the progressive side, it would be the most galvanizing Supreme Court ruling ever. You’d have a 5-4 court, in clearly a partisan political decision, striking down not just President Obama’s biggest legislative accomplishment but also the biggest progressive legislation since LBJ.”