Not such a rosy display by the Hugo Chavez of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Obama ‘confident’ Supreme Court will uphold his healthcare reform law
By Jonathan Easley and Amie Parnes – 04/02/12 02:36 PM ET
President Obama on Monday said he is confident the Supreme Court will uphold his healthcare reform law and warned a ruling against it would be an “unprecedented” act of judicial activism.
Speaking at a Rose Garden press conference alongside Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Obama weighed in for the first time on last week’s high court hearings, which left many Democrats fearful that the court is poised to strike down his signature domestic achievement.
“I’m confident the Supreme Court will uphold the law,” Obama said. “The reason is, because in accordance with precedent out there, it’s constitutional.
“That’s not just my opinion, by the way,” Obama continued. “That’s the opinion of legal experts across the ideological spectrum, including two very conservative appellate court justices.”
The president said it would be “unprecedented” for the court to strike down the individual mandate to have insurance because the law was passed by “a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”
Obama warned the high court against “a lack of judicial restraint,” in which “an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law.”
During the press conference, a reporter asked Obama if he had a contingency plan in place if the healthcare law is struck down. The president did not answer the question directly, simply reiterating, “As I said, we’re confident that this will be upheld.
“I’m confident this will be upheld because it should be upheld,” he said. “Again, that’s not just my opinion. That’s the opinion of a whole lot of constitutional law professors, academics, judges and lawyers who examined this law, even if they’re not particularly sympathetic to this particular piece of legislation or my presidency.”
What Obama is doing, is trying to intimidate SCOTUS to vote his way, letting them know that he will do everything within his power to demonize the court if it strikes down Obamacare as being unconstitutional. Take into consideration that it’s less than a week that the court heard the case. This is a Hugo Chavez-like public announcement to the 5 members of the Supreme Court, the other four hacks are already in the bag, especially Kagan who was his soliciter general during the passage of the bill in Congress. Talk about hacks.