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.
I’ve been out since morning and just now checking on FR, and only have a few minutes - give me a hint at least! or link or something.
Maybe you mean this? Why shouldn’t they celebate? They should fire rifles into the air in jubilation...just kidding sort of.
Speaker Boehner Warns House Republicans Not To Celebrate If ObamaCare Is Overturned
Conservative Nation News ^ | June 21, 2012
Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012 3:26:31 PM by Free ThinkerNY
(The Hill) — Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) warned Republican House members not to to celebrate if the Supreme Court rules against the healthcare law.
“There will be no spiking of the ball,” he wrote in a memo to the conference. “Republicans are focused on the economy We will not celebrate at a time when millions of our fellow Americans remain out of work.”
The memo came after a tense morning when the Supreme Court could have issued its ruling, but did not.
The next possible day for a decision is Monday, June 25. Justices could also issue a ruling later next week.
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“Push Back” is a media invention. The announcement day is traditionally Monday, with Thursday as an alternate day. The Opinion release date was never scheduled, so its release couldn’t have been “pushed back”. They’ll release it when they feel like releasing it. The vote was taken months ago, only thing going now is the drafting.
Ok. So if we already didnt 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, shed 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.
***That is a very succinct and precise analysis. If I had money, I’d be putting it down at Intrade on the pertinent contract right now, convinced by your reasoning.
I know Life Site news is generally reliable, but is there any reason to buy this story?
SCOTUS will be kicking it in the Maldives by the time the decision is announced.
That’s what I’m thinking, they almost certainly overturned it, and want to get out of Dodge before sunset.
Don’t want to be sticking around when the locals get restless...
You're pretty optimistic; I can see it being the other way; stalling because they have to release an unpopular decision. Either way it's going to be 'controversial'.
(And I don't doubt that there haven't been behind the scenes plays going on; I'd not be surprised if there were "offers they couldn't refuse" passed out.)
Despite some of the recent rulings, we should remember that the Supreme Court is a Statist organization. (Kelo, allowing property to be 'arrested', letting the TSA stand, allowing no-knock raids, etc.) Obamacare is appealing in that it is basically handing control of any person's health to the state, which means that the inconvenient can simply be repeatedly moved to the back of all their waiting lists due to "unfortunate scheduling conflicts" or "miscommunication".
Good, if disconcerting, observation.