Skip to comments.Roberts Switched Views to Uphold Health Care Law (Original CBS Report)
Posted on 07/01/2012 12:16:38 PM PDT by kristinn
Chief Justice John Roberts initially sided with the Supreme Court's four conservative justices to strike down the heart of President Obama's health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, but later changed his position and formed an alliance with liberals to uphold the bulk of the law, according to two sources with specific knowledge of the deliberations.
Roberts then withstood a month-long, desperate campaign to bring him back to his original position, the sources said. Ironically, Justice Anthony Kennedy - believed by many conservatives to be the justice most likely to defect and vote for the law - led the effort to try to bring Roberts back to the fold....
But in this closely-watched case, word of Roberts' unusual shift has spread widely within the Court, and is known among law clerks, chambers' aides and secretaries. It also has stirred the ire of the conservative justices, who believed Roberts was standing with them.
After the historic oral arguments in March, the two knowledgeable sources said, Roberts and the four conservatives were poised to strike down at least the individual mandate. There were other issues being argued - severability and the Medicaid extension - but the mandate was the ballgame.
It is not known why Roberts changed his view on the mandate and decided to uphold the law. At least one conservative justice tried to get him to explain it, but was unsatisfied with the response, according to a source with knowledge of the conversation.
Roberts then engaged in his own lobbying effort - trying to persuade at least Justice Kennedy to join his decision so the Court would appear more united in the case. There was a fair amount of give-and-take with Kennedy and other justices, the sources said. One justice, a source said, described it as "arm-twisting."
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He was threatened.
Some people just hate Americans and America although they can’t explain why.
Traitor. Pure. And. Simple.
Obama, the coverup king, has had his evil regime dig up some dirt on Roberts. They may have a photo of him french kissing a poodle.
He wasn’t threatened, he was bought. He loves corporations.
I really believe that the threat of mob violence and burning cities has many “leaders” scared witless.
french kissing a poodle
Whoa..I guess he really is secretly a liberal.
the Affordable Care Act has 300+ pages detailing how the US goverment will control and regulate the industry as well as force participation of the citizens in the federal governments regulation of what is a wide range of PUBLIC entities.
The governement regulation and control of public entities IN THIS MANNER is not authorized under the general welfare clause or the interstate commerce clause and certainly does not fit the enumerated powers.
I blame the five "justices" who did not do their job of interpreting constitutionality, but instead twisted a morsel of fabricated fact (that it is a tax contrary to what the content of the bill details) in order to justify their personal paradigm of socialism.
Even if it is in fact a tax is not their business, taxation is certainly at the discretion of congress. the issue in question was this ; does congress have the authority to regulate public entities and force the people to fund their imposition ?
it is exactly the same as if they passed "the Affordable Car Act", forcing a tax in order to make you buy a car, with 300 pages detailing how they will control each car company and how they will decide what car you will have , the fact that it is funded by a tax does NOT address the constitutionality of the act but is merly a deflection and dereliction of the duties of a cheif justice
Time for Impeachment
Or his family, to which I respond, "Lives, fortunes, and Sacred Honor," and all that crap, right Johnny boy? You did know that with high honor comes great risk, didn't you? /s
It's not like I haven't taken similar risks myself.
The reporter on the Fox News panel from the Washington Post says “Roberts plays chess while everybody else plays checkers.” He notes that Roberts got 2 of the liberals to go along with him against Medicaid expansion and is reaping what amounts to “strange new respect” from the left as a “reasonable guy.” He claims that sets him up to be able to return to the conservative side in upcoming votes next year on affirmative action and some provisions of the voting rights act. Plus , it appears to me the left recognizes he really handed them a hot potato with the “taxation with misrepresentation” decision. Chrissy Mathews panel of experts voted 8-4 that Romney would be wise to downplay Obamacare , so that tells you Romney should do the opposite. So even if unintentional, Roberts is going to help the Republicans re-take the Senate and the White House.
“Obama, the coverup king, has had his evil regime dig up some dirt on Roberts. They may have a photo of him french kissing a poodle.”
Didn’t they already do that in order to get the super-secret SECOND swearing-in by CJ Roberts a few years ago?