Skip to comments.Obamacare Has Arrived in the Supreme Court
Posted on 09/28/2011 12:24:42 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) stole a march on the Obama Administration this morning by filing a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court appealing the 11th Circuits Obamacare decision.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) had announced on Monday that it was not going to ask all 11 judges of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to review en banc the August 12 decision of a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit that found the individual mandate unconstitutional. This opened up a path to an appeal by DOJ to the Supremes.
However, with this petition, the NFIB jumped ahead of Eric Holders slow-moving DOJ (which until Monday had done everything it could to slow-walk this case filed by 26 states and the NFIB). The NFIB is obviously not appealing the three-judge panels opinion about the unconstitutionality of the individual mandate. But the NFIB is appealing the portion of the panels decision that held that the unconstitutional individual mandate could be severed from the Obamacare legislation.
The NFIB is asking the Court to overrule this holding, since Congress itself deemed [the mandate] essential to the Acts new insurance regulations. Given that the 11th and 6th Circuits have issued directly conflicting final judgments about the facial constitutionality of [Obamacares] mandate, the case is one that the Court should obviously take up given its interest in eliminating conflicting opinions in the courts of appeal.
What also differentiates this particular case from the many other lawsuits that have been filed against Obamacare is the all star lineup of Supreme Court litigators that the NFIB and the 26 states have lined up to argue their case before the Supreme Court. It includes Michael Carvin, a former DOJ official who has argued (and won) numerous cases before the Court; Gregory Katsas, a former DOJ official who was a clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas; Kevin Marshal, another former DOJ official and Thomas clerk; Hashim Mooppan, a former Justice Antonin Scalia clerk; and Randy Barnett, a nationally recognized constitutional scholar and professor at Georgetown.
The lawyers for the states include Paul Clement, former Bush Administration Solicitor General; Lee Casey, another former DOJ official who clerked for Alex Kozinski, who is now the Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit; and David Rivkin, another Supreme Court litigator with wide experience in the government, including in the White House and the DOJ.
The government lawyers in the DOJs Office of the Solicitor General who will be arguing the constitutionality of Obamacare will have their work cut out for them.
Oh goody, now Anthony Kennedy can show us his true colors that much faster.
What was the reason the DOJ didn’t appeal to the entire circuit? I haven’t read an explanation. I am assuming that they thought that the circuit would rule against them and maybe even void the entire law, and that they didn’t want that to be what they had to appeal from.
Those were Rush’s thoughts.
The first people to read the bill?
Let’s hope for payback for insulting the Supermes at the State of the Union... B*t*Y Slap him a good one!
What you are inferring is that our country is ruled purely by emotions and not by constitutional jurisprudence.
Sadly enough, you’re probably right.
Mods, should this go in Breaking?
Time for Sotomayor to recuse herself!!!!!
Just a quick FYI, the cost to appeal ANYTHING to the SCOTUS is going to be north of $50,000.
Whether they take it or not.
**Politico - updated 9/28/11 4:23pm
Breaking News: Justice Department to ask Supreme Court to uphold individual mandate in health reform law
Justice Department to ask for Supreme Court review of health care law
The Justice Department plans to file a petition later Wednesday asking the court to review its recent defeat in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case brought by 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business, a department spokesperson said. The court ruled that the laws requirement that nearly all Americans buy insurance is unconstitutional.
HAHAHAHA! This is GREAT! I know you were listening to Rush this morning, so this will make sense to you. The NFIB just got out in front of the ODumbo parade, and look at the list of their litigators. Thank you, NFIB!
I agree. To paraphrase: "This is a big effin deal."
Agree...but it’s not going to happen. Obviously, it would weaken Obozo’s chances.
Anthony Kennedy is the most powerful man in America. In his hands rests the fate of this country. Let’s just pray that this power does not go to his head and that he does the right thing.
You're going to turn blue holding your breath like that.
I PRAY that the justices do the right thing and remove this albatros from around our necks!
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