Obama States Health Care Reform Law is Constitutional
President Barack Obama said that he expects the Supreme Court justices to rule that the 2010 Affordable Care and Prevention Act is constitutional. He added that legal experts across the ideological spectrum approved the health care reform law.
During a news conference with visiting leaders from Mexico and Canada, President Obama was asked regarding the Supreme Court hearings and the speculation that conservative justices would rule against the health care reform law’s individual mandate that requires people to have coverage or else they need to pay a fine.
The measure is Obama’s signature legislation. Surveys showed that people in the United States are divided over the issue, with conservatives against the measure and liberals supporting it. The president said that the issue affects everyone instead of it being an abstract argument.
President Barack Obama noted that 30 million people will have coverage when the mandate is implemented in 2014. He wanted the American people and the justices to understand that without the individual mandate, there would be no mechanism to ensure that people with pre-existing conditions to have health care.
Obama is confident that the Supreme Court will uphold the law that was passed by Congress. He told critics of the health care reform law not to engage in judicial activism, which they have opposed in the past.
The Supreme Court is set to release its ruling in June, which would be in the middle of the campaign for the presidential election. Conservative Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah criticized Obama’s comments and said that the president must be living in a fantasy world where every law he like is legal and every Supreme Court decision that don’t go his way is activist.
Hatch added that judicial activism is not measured by which side wins but whether the court correctly applied the law. He is not surprised that the president criticized the Supreme Court in order to help his re-election campaign.