President Obama has waded into the legal battle surrounding his landmark health care law with a stern warning to the Supreme Court not to overturn it. Specifically, Obama argues that the Supreme Court deciding in such a way would be an “unprecedented” example of “judicial activism” undertaken by “unelected” judges. The relevant excerpts of the President’s speech, as reported by Reuters, are as follows:
“Ultimately, I am confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”[…]
“And I’d just remind conservative commentators that, for years, what we have heard is, the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism, or a lack of judicial restraint, that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law,” Obama said.
“Well, this is a good example, and I’m pretty confident that this court will recognize that and not take that step,” he said.
The remarks have prompted a flurry of speculation about how much of an effect, if any, the President‘s remarks will have on the Court’s eventual decision. The Drudge Report has openly speculated that President Obama knows something about the eventual outcome of the case, possibly through a leak from the high court itself. The Huffington Post, meanwhile, has drummed up the President’s confidence with the headline “It Will Stand.”
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