If Roberts does end up being the fifth and deciding vote to uphold Obamacare, Bush’s Supreme Court legacy will be regarded as a failure too. His reputation among conservatives will never recover.Washington Examiner columnist Conn Carroll • Suggesting, all the way back in March, that John Roberts would be the deciding vote on health care, based on an American Bar Association survey. Called it. (ht Andrew Sullivan)
Our precedent demonstrates that Congress had the power to impose the exaction in Section 5000A under the taxing power, and that Section 5000A need not be read to do more than impose a tax. This is sufficient to sustain it.The “money quote” from the individual mandate section of the health care decision, according to SCOTUSblog’s Amy Howe.
The individual mandate survives as a tax.SCOTUSblog, on the Health Care decision. More as we get it. EDIT: SCOTUSblog’s Amy Howe says “The Medicaid provision is limited but not invalidated.” EDIT 2:
One of the speeches addresses a complete overturn of the law, while another is crafted as if the court strikes down the law’s individual mandate but upholds other provisions. The third speech, for if the court upholds the entire law, is more celebratory, according to [a person familiar with them].Obama has three health care speeches ready, depending on how the court decides in the next half hour.
We are [a] state and city that embraces diversity. Just because a few people passed a bill that is not reflective of the state, don’t stop doing business with us.Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton • Making a plea to the American consumer to not cut Arizona products out of their purchasing plans, in the aftermath of the Supreme Court upholding a central provision of the state’s controversial immigration law, SB 1070. (The court struck down most of the law, however.) Yesterday the court ruled that while warrantless searches are illegal, and undocumented immigrants are allowed to pursue work, Arizona police will indeed be permitted to check the citizenship status of anybody they stop. This has been an argument at the core of the SB 1070 controversy — converse to the bill’s supporters, who are vociferous in its defense, its critics maintain that it endorses and practically demands acts of racial profiling. Mayor Stanton is thus fearful about boycotts springing up that could hurt his city’s economy, much as those same boycotts and threats came pouring in when the controversial law was passed back in 2010. source (via • follow)
It is a simultaneously exciting and exhausting time. There’s a good chance that with healthcare all the chambers are engaged in some way … and at full capacity.Kannon Shanmugam, a former law clerk for Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia • Discussing the June period when the court generally makes its most high-profile decisions. The court has two of those coming up — one on immigration and one on health care — which we imagine are stressing out both the justices and their clerks. Former Chief Justice William Rehnquist particularly disliked the June period, once telling a colleague he joined in a majority ruling basically because he wanted it to be over with. Dude liked his vacations.