New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand made an appearance on ABC’s This Week Sunday to lend the Obama administration a hand in defending the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act and the growing list of broken promises and insurance coverage cancellations.
Kelly Ayotte was tasked with countering Nancy Pelosi Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press. Nice gig if you can get it. And the New Hampshire Senator opened by saying the Democrat-driven signature piece of legislation “was a mess.” Not surprisingly, host David Gregory was quick to push back by asking Senator Ayotte what Republicans are proposing as an alternative. To my dismay, Ayotte’s response was somewhat lacking. Truth be told, she offered almost nothing. Sprinkling in a few token talking points and a healthy dose of pandering to the notion of bipartisanship, she rather effectively made the case that libs are desperately making in an attempt to defend Obamacare – “Republicans have no plan.”
Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn’s place on the House Energy and Commerce Committee put her in prime position Wednesday to address the concerns of her constituents and question HHS (Health and Human Services) Director Kathleen Sebelius about the failed roll-out of the ACA (Affordable Care Act) website. “Some people like to drive a Ford not a Ferrari, and some people like to drink out of a red solo cup, not a crystal stem.”
Former President Bill Clinton sat down with longtime pal George Stephanopoulos Sunday and weighed in on a host of issues across the political landscape; but his comments regarding GOP efforts to foil Obamacare are certain to steal the headlines. “I’ve never seen a time — can you remember a time in your lifetime when a major political party was just sitting around, begging for America to fail … I don’t know what’s going to happen. But I’ll be shocked if it fails.”
Justice Antonin Scalia made an appearance on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace and openly shared his thoughts on the role of the Court, past Court decisions, and constitutional interpretation generally. He was, of course, there promoting a new book as well – Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts – which he co-authored with law professor Bryan A. Garner; but said book was anything but the center of the interview.
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney responded to Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling on the Obama Administration’s legislative crown jewel also known as Obamacare by saying “What the Court did no do on its last day in session, I will do on the first day in office if elected President of the United States. I will act to repeal Obamacare.” “What they did not do was say that Obamacare was good law; or that it is good policy. Obamacare was bad policy yesterday. It’s bad policy today. Obamacare was bad law yesterday. It’s bad law today.”
President Obama in September of 2009 telling ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that the then proposed health care plan and individual mandate would not be a tax on the American People. The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Congress had authority to mandate health insurance under its Tax and Spend powers granted in the Constitution. It did not rule that said power could be derived from the Commerce or Necessary and Proper clause as the Obama administration had primarily argued. Choosing to go with the alternative argument, the Court handed a “victory” to the White House and Democrats, but may have started a PR battle that could change the tide of the 2012 elections.
The Affordable Care Act has apparently been given a vote of confidence, of sorts, by the nation’s Highest Court. Chief Justice Roberts has joined the Left Wing of the Court and declared the controversial individual mandate to be constitutional… AS A TAX. While reports from the Court are still trickling out, and I am about to begin reading the opinions, it does appear the Majority opinion declared the mandate to be unconstitutional under both the Commerce Clause and Necessary and Proper Clause. Initial thought – the Court found a way to prevent expansion of the Commerce Clause without striking down the entire piece of legislation. Politically, the President and the Dems have scored a victory; but I wonder if it will be a Pyrrhic one. They said for months that this was not a tax. Now it is.
Chief Justice Roberts: “It seems to me the federal government just doesn’t want to know who’s here illegally.” If that’s all you heard about today’s Arizona Immigration Law (SB1070) oral arguments, I think you might be able to draw the conclusion it was not a good day for the Solicitor General before the Supreme Court. Sadly, for Donald B. Verrilli Jr., resistance came from both ends of the ideological spectrum.