Skip to comments.‘Sharply divided’ Supreme Court postpones ObamaCare decision
Posted on 06/21/2012 3:31:32 PM PDT by NYer
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 21, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - The U.S. Supreme Court has pushed back the hotly-anticipated ruling on the federal health care law, as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg disclosed that the Court was “sharply divided” over the question - but gave no hint as to the outcome.
Although media were preparing for a ruling on Thursday, the high court was silent on the health care lawsuit, leaving Monday as the next possible date for a decision.
Court watchers have said that the justices’ reactions during the three days of hearings in March gave little indication of where the Court would land on the health care dispute.
The case is complicated by three major points of disagreement: whether the mandate forcing Americans to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional, whether the law could stand without the mandate, and whether its expansion of Medicaid is within the boundaries of federal power. A fourth possibility, that the case would be deemed immature, is thought to be more remote.
Meanwhile, Justice Ginsburg on Friday commented on the High Court’s unusually heavy case load and hinted that the nine justices were pushing the most difficult decisions, including the health care law, to the last minute of their session, which finishes at the end of the month.
“As one may expect, many of the most controversial cases remain pending,” Ginsburg said. “So, it is likely that the sharp disagreement rate will go up next week and the week after.”
Ginsburn also conceded that the health care decision would be an historic one - at least, judging by the amount of attention it has garnered.
“Some have described the controversy as unprecedented,” she said, “and they may be right if they mean the number of press conferences, prayer circles, protests, counter protests, going on outside the court while oral argument was under way inside.”
Yet the answer they all sought, said Ginsburg, was not about to leak.
“At the Supreme Court, those who know don’t talk,” she said. “And those who talk don’t know.”
If the entire law is overturned, the ruling would mark a massive victory both for the health care law’s political opponents as well as faith-based leaders struggling to overturn the law’s preventive services insurance mandate, which is set to force religious groups to pay for contraceptives and drugs many consider abortifacient by August 2013.
An Associated Press-GfK Poll conducted June 14-18 found that only one-third of Americans support the health care law, while 47 percent opposed it. Nearly twice as many said they strongly opposed the bill as those who strongly supported it, 32-17 percent.
HHS update ping!
We have a winner: MOST MISLEADING HEADLINE OF THE YEAR.
Ridiculous. The author and publisher of this tripe should be ashamed.
Sounds like Justice Ruthie is doing some liberal arm twisting to get things to go her way.
I’m not a wealthy man, but I would be willing to wager $1,000 that (considering his latest sycophant, Obama-Bot appointments, “The Wise Latina,” and more than likely Kagan) Dear Leader already knows the decision.
There is NO doubt in my mind that the White Hut has insiders on the Staffs of the USSC, that are giving them a blow-by-blow account of the discussions, leanings, and arguments. I would NOT be surprised if Bull Dyke Kagan is one of the insiders that's passing the info, so they spending will pick up markedly, and so will staffing, to implement as much Obamacare as possible before it's Ruled upon. Hard to find ANYONE in Congress with balls enough to cut Federal Staff, Useless Agencies, Czars, etc., as it is.
Ginsberg has no business talking about an issue before the court. What a fracking idiot.
my theory is that the later the decision, the better for us. stalling is the favorite tactic of politicians when they are in trouble.
We all know the decision, in fact, Boehner confirmed it.
Not me - I fear threats and intimidation - you know the Chicago way.
All the Democrats talking points for the last month give clues as to what is going to happen. The real question is how far the Supreme Court is going to go in overturning it?
You are absolutely right. I know the role of the SC is unique, but would this be allowed in any other court? She is acting completely beneath the level of integrity expected of a justice.
Okay - tell us - I missed Boehner confirming anything.
It is in Breaking News, my friend.
Please Ruth, I am begging you. If that is what it takes to show you the depth of my love for this Republic. Don’t save this debacle. You know our country. We will not let this issue rest. Something will be done. We will pray for our duly elected leaders to address the issue. Some will need courage. Some will need wisdom. Some will need time. Some will need scolding. Some will need compassion. None need any more money. All can use our prayers.
Ok. So if we already didn’t know the decision, we can be pretty sure about it now. Ruthie is a definite supporter of Obamacare. If the decision had gone her way, she’d describe it as a unified court handing down a wise, carefully deliberated decision. Instead, we get a sharply divided court that is postponing the release of this ruling.
Obamacare is done. Stick a fork in it.
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