by Lee Ross | December 13, 2010
It is only a matter of time that either Monday’s case from Virginia, one of the other 20 or so lawsuits, or a combination of cases will end up before the Supreme Court. It is quite possible that a high court ruling could come in June 2012 right in the thick of the next presidential campaign.
Monday’s ruling from Judge Henry Hudson puts this case ahead of another closely watched suit in Florida joined by 20 states and the National Federation of Independent Businesses. That case will be heard Thursday with a ruling, even if expedited, not likely to come until early next year.
A Justice Department spokeswoman essentially confirmed that the government would appeal Monday’s ruling. “We are disappointed in today’s ruling but continue to believe – as other federal courts in Virginia and Michigan have found – that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional,” Tracy Schmaler said in a statement to Fox News. “There is clear and well-established legal precedent that Congress acted within its constitutional authority in passing this law and we are confident that we will ultimately prevail.”
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Constitutional or unconstitutional? That is the question the U.S. Supreme Court eventually may get to decide on President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law.
(By one definition, constitution can also refer to one’s health — just throwing that in.)
A judge in Virginia declared unconstitutional a provision that requires individuals to buy health insurance or face a fine, backing arguments by the state that Congress exceeded its authority.
The White House begged to differ.
“We disagree with the ruling,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.
“We’re confident that it is constitutional,” he said.
If it does go to the highest court in the land, there are 4 liberals (Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan), 4 conservatives (Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas) and one moderate conservative (Justice Anthony Kennedy) who often controls the outcome.
My colleague Jim Vicini, who covers the Supreme Court, points out that the healthcare law issue which involves the power of Congress and interstate commerce may not fit strict conservative/liberal lines, so it would not be easy to predict the outcome if it comes to that.
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