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Obama Tries to Bully Court Into Ruling for Obamacare

Because that’s the Chicago way.

President Obama Monday continued to the White House tactic – begun last week by Josh Earnest,  and echoing tactics used during the last Obamacare case – of trying to bully the Supreme Court into siding with his position on Obamacare in a case that will be decided within days.

Obama spoke during a press conference in German at the end of the G-8.

What I can tell state leaders is, is that under well-established precedent, there is no reason why the existing exchanges should be overturned through a court case. It has been well documented that those who passed this legislation never intended for folks who were going through the federal exchange not to have their citizens get subsidies.

And under well-established statutory interpretation, approaches that have been repeatedly employed — not just by liberal, Democratic judges, but by conservative judges like some on the current Supreme Court — you interpret a statute based on what the intent and meaning and the overall structure of the statute provides for.

And so this should be an easy case. Frankly, it probably shouldn’t even have been taken up. And since we’re going to get a ruling pretty quick, I think it’s important for us to go ahead and assume that the Supreme Court is going to do what most legal scholars who’ve looked at this would expect them to do.

I’m optimistic that the Supreme Court will play it straight when it comes to the interpretation.

I’ve seen some headlines about Obama’s frustration boiling over and so forth. This has nothing to do with frustration. It’s a considered tactic designed to try to intimidate the Court into doing what the president wants. Note how he specifically targets not just the merits of the case, but goes straight after the Court, questioning why it even took the case and warning it to do the right thing, see? – thug style.

If George W. Bush did this, the media would be harrumphing about Separation of Powers and that the Constitution was about to crumble into pieces. But everyone knows Obama walks on water and is only sticking up for what’s right.

He does walk on water, you know. I saw it. He was on the fourth hole at Andrews last year and he drove his ball right into the pond, walked out, and retrieved it, without getting the least bit wet.

Now if God could only help him with his swing.

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19 Responses to Obama Tries to Bully Court Into Ruling for Obamacare

  1. Keith,
    I don’t have the full numbers right now but I just know your expert staff would have them at their fingertips so next post suggestion:
    How many times O admin has gone before SCOTUS and been shot down. My foggy brain seems to remember that the number of losses FAR outweigh the number of wins.
    And how long did he insist that he was right in appointing all those NLRB cronies during the “recess” that wasn’t a recess?
    When he got re-elected I resigned myself that the next 4 years would be a mess but that we’d survive. Watching him these past few months with the full blown Alinksy front and center I’m now not so sure.

  2. I posted a comment in the previous thread (that up and disappeared) about Obama’s utter disdain for the Supreme Court. He’s called them out, he’s scolded them, and he’s said he’ll go over them. The justices are not much more than political puppets – they’ll never ever vote against ObamaCare because they do not and will not look at the law – they look at the politics of what they are voting on. I’d throw out each and every justice – start all over and find a way of creating a Supreme Court that wasn’t tied to being appointed politically.

  3. It’s a done deal, just as this activist Supreme Court buckled and rewrote the law before, they’ll do it again. A tiger doesn’t change its stripes.

    • The part here that makes it worse…the Supreme Court does NOT have the authority to make laws either. They are not to make or interpret but to honor and go by the constitution not to rule but to explain how in tune or not something is. Yet increasingly their interpretations DO CHANGE and create laws.

  4. The Full Alinsky may have worked in 2012 to nudge SCOTUS, but at this point, given Obama’s countless waivers, application of discretion, politically motivated delays, and general failure to implement ACA effectively as written, I believe that SCOTUS reputation would actually be ENHANCED if they drew the line and told him to apply the law as written or have the legislature change it.

    This is not a hard case at all.

    From Louisiana Purchase to Cornhusker Kickback, to “deemed as passed” to reconciliation, to society-shifting Change on a 100% party line vote, to a complete inattention to Execution of the website, to the poor enrollment and skyrocketing rates on the horizon, Obama and Dems own this clusterfuck lock stock and barrel.

    Have you ever heard of someone who shit the bed so bad but doesn’t want to change the sheets?

    Architect Gruber made it crystal clear they hoped to bludgeon states into setting up Exchanges by the bribe of subsidies.

    Any argument citing disruption if subsidies end ignores the widespread disruption and anger by the millions who lost their doctors and their Plans that they liked. At this point, just blow it up since the Death Spiral is coming anyway.. Only then can we start fixing things

  5. Obama has already shown his total disregard and contempt for the Legislative Branch. Isn’t it a logical extension that he do the same for the Judicial Branch.

    Clearly, as a Constitution scholar and law professor, he is in a position to lecture the Supreme Court on the right thing to do.

  6. The Full Alinsky may have worked in 2012 to nudge SCOTUS, but at this point, given Obama’s countless waivers, application of discretion, politically motivated delays, and general failure to implement ACA effectively as written, I believe that SCOTUS reputation would actually be ENHANCED if they drew the line and told him to apply the law as written or have the legislature change it.

    This is not a hard case at all.

    From Louisiana Purchase to Cornhusker Kickback, to “deemed as passed” to reconciliation, to society-shifting Change on a 100% party line vote, to a complete inattention to Execution of the website, to the poor enrollment and skyrocketing rates on the horizon, Obama and Dems own this clusterfuck lock stock and barrel.

    Have you ever heard of someone who shit the bed so bad but doesn’t want to change the sheets?

    Architect Gruber made it crystal clear they hoped to bludgeon states into setting up Exchanges by the bribe of subsidies.

    Any argument citing disruption if subsidies end ignores the ongoing widespread disruption and anger by the millions who lost their doctors and their Plans that they liked. At this point, just blow it up since the Death Spiral is coming anyway..

  7. […] Obama tries to bully Court into ruling for Obamacare . . . I’ve seen some headlines about Obama’s frustration boiling over and so forth. This has nothing to do with frustration. It’s a considered tactic designed to try to intimidate the Court into doing what the president wants. Note how he specifically targets not just the merits of the case, but goes straight after the Court, questioning why it even took the case and warning it to do the right thing, see? – thug style. White House Dossier […]

  8. Once again, the little Caesar goes o another country and insults America. Is he not aware that there are THREE co-equal branches of our govt???

    He said it’s safe to “assume” the court will do what most legal scholars expect and “play it straight.” He said it has been well-documented that Congress never intended to exclude people who went through the federal exchange.

    “Play it straight”??? What kind of disrespectful talk is this? Oh yeah…Chicago gangsta style.

    The job of SCOTUS is not to rule on the ‘intent’ of anyone. Their job is to rule on the written word. And if that’s not enough, they have the multiple rantings of one Jonathan Gruber who stated emphatically that the clause was no accident and was intended to force states into the federal exchanges b/c of the ‘stupidity’ of the American voters.

    Sadly, SCOTUS doesn’t have the guts to take Obama down even though ‘it’s the right thing to do”.

  9. Perhaps if the slobs were supposed to get their subsidies, little o should’ve whispered into Nitwit Nancy’s ear to take out the bit about who is and who isn’t allowed to have someone else buying their insurance.

  10. The Full Alinsky may have worked in 2012 to nudge SCOTUS, but at this point, given Obama’s countless waivers, application of discretion, politically motivated delays, and general failure to implement ACA effectively as written, I believe that SCOTUS reputation would actually be ENHANCED if they drew the line and told him to apply the law as written or have the legislature change it.

    This is not a hard case at all.

    From Louisiana Purchase to Cornhusker Kickback, to “deemed as passed” to reconciliation, to society-shifting Change on a 100% party line vote, to a complete inattention to Execution of the website, to the poor enrollment and skyrocketing rates on the horizon, Obama and Dems own this clusterfuck lock stock and barrel.

    Have you ever heard of someone who shit the bed so bad but doesn’t want to change the sheets?

    Architect Gruber made it crystal clear they hoped to bludgeon states into setting up Exchanges by the bribe of subsidies.

    Any argument citing disruption if subsidies end ignores the widespread disruption and anger by the millions who lost their doctors and their Plans that they liked. At this point, just blow it up since the Death Spiral is coming anyway..Then get a real solution

  11. I have never seen a President with this much disrespect for the office of President. He disrespects the Constitution, the Supreme Court, and the Senate/Congress and our military commanders. . History will believe that he has set back civil rights twenty years and I predict his speech fees will be even better than Slick Willie! Nice going Obama. You will be rich. Dems must be really proud. And when Pakistan sends a drone to Washington to kill a terrorist hiding in the Capital, they will say the “US president set the rules, he does it every time he needs someone killed..”
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  12. “It has been well documented that those who passed this legislation never intended for folks going through the federal exchange not to have their citizens get subsidies.”

    That may be the case,however, it was clearly the intent of the architects of this legislation for this to occur or it wouldn’t have been written into the law. Jonathan Gruber seemed very proud of this fact.

    http://youtu.be/34rttqLh12U

    This is what happens when you pass the legislation to find out what is in the law. They passed a law that clearly states you have to go through the State Exchanges.

    What’s next Constitutional Professor? Are you going to use Executive Action? I heard the average of cases won by other Presidents for overreaching was about 77%. The average won by Obama is 22%.

  13. Light hearted fantasy’s are always spoken by tyrants who bully their people as if God stands behind the very tyrants political Soap Box. Of course no one would disagree with a tyrant out of fear of reprisal now would they. Except those who really believe in moral issues that God would defend and the tyrant would abhor.