Skip to comments.Pelosi: Dems ready to accept Supreme Court verdict on healthcare law
Posted on 03/28/2012 11:44:00 AM PDT by jazusamo
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D) said Wednesday that Democrats will accept the Supreme Court's ruling on her party's healthcare law whatever it is.
The California liberal a champion of the bill who was crucial to its passage said Democrats "were careful to honor the Constitution" in drafting the bill, but would respect the high-court's verdict, however it falls.
"Democrats in the Congress have long-believed in judicial review," Pelosi said during a press briefing in the Capitol. "We respect the third branch of government and the role that they play under our Constitution, and that is a role to have the opportunity to review laws passed by Congress.
"This is part of our constitutional process, and we respect it," she added.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard its third day of arguments on the Democrats' healthcare law, which critics have blasted as unconstitutional since the early stages of the reform debate three years ago. The court is examining the legality of the law's individual insurance mandate, its broad Medicaid expansion and whether one element of the legislation can be repealed without eliminating the entire sweeping statute.
Based on Tuesday's arguments, which focused on the insurance mandate, a number of legal experts have predicted the conservative-leaning court will rule against that central element of the bill.
Pelosi on Wednesday said she feels "pretty good about the merits of the case," but was quick to add that any speculation is just that.
Asked to predict the outcome, she said, "I have no idea none of us does."
"We are all now talking about something of which we have no knowledge because we're not members of the Supreme Court," Pelosi said. "We have knowledge of the legislation, we have knowledge of the arguments, but we have no rule what the outcome will be."
Breaking with Pelosi, Rep. John Conyers (Mich.), senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, stuck his neck out to predict the high court would come down 5 to 4 in favor of the insurance mandate at the heart of the controversy.
Addressing a reporter who suggested otherwise, Conyers said, "I'll be checking with you in June to see which one of us were correct."
She said it so it MUST be true. Right? /s
Something doesn’t smell right here. There are too many Rats saying that it’s no big deal if it is overturned or that it would be a good thing if it were overturned. They’ve got something very nasty up their sleeve and it ain’t potchouli.
Accept it or choke on it?....You’ll just have to wait for the supreme court to throw it out so you can read what’s in it...right, stupid?
I guess her other option would be to hold her breath until she turns blue.
Honestly, this woman is beyond belief.
Remember John Conyers and the “good and welfare clause”?
There's always the Andrew Jackson option, just ignore it.
The want to replace it with a single payer system. Thats what they wanted anyway. Medicare for all and they run it all.
Danger is ahead.
I agree...She’s only attempting to soften the blow for herself and the RATS if it’s declared unconstitutional.
She has to accept the Supreme Court verdict before she understands it.
“It was Roberts who allowed Hussein to muff the oath of office and take it elsewhere, before no witnesses. “
Here’s the problem I have the the Oath conspiracy theories...
Obama would have no problem just flat out lying and taking the oath word for word - or even signing it on a Bible in his fricking blood with a picture of his dead mother pressed to his heart!
Oaths, promises, allegiance - all of that stuff means absolutely NOTHING to him and his Marxist coterie.
That's a "laugh"! Republicans, in particular, were warning about the constitionality of the individual mandate from the beginning. But they were essentially not consulted in the crafting of the Law. Even Nancy said, "We'll just have to pass it to see what's in it." That doesn't sound like "great care" to me.
“Something doesnt smell right here. There are too many Rats saying that its no big deal “
It’s just simply damage control.
Their spinning “its not big deal” because they know it’s a BFD - to quote “Plugs” Biden.
And common to dictators, the sheep followed....Constitution be damned.
Just like Global warming and all the mandates they have created to save the world...then there's the dumb owl, the hopping frog, the darting fish....
And at what price?? Millions are out of work....MILLIONS....They caused a depression!!!!
They’ve already decided. Obamacare kept getting less popular and they were running out of time. Time to cut the cord on the albatross. Looks like Verilli was sent in to take a dive.
That’s hilarious. The “good and welfare clause and a couple others.”
Your vid link was cut off for me, here’s another that showed all of it.
Every word of that bill was written with the Constitution right next to it. After we passed it we read both of them. We had no idea some of the things that were in that Constitution.
You could put her gray matter into the navel of a flea and still have room for a Cadillac!
“Is she serious? She thought it was constitutional.”
She feels the Government’s discretion not the Constitution is the only limit to its power. This is why she did not attempt to defend its constitutionality.
First Carville, then Dingy and Peloony. This is a good sign.