Is there trouble in paradise for Obamacare? The most contentious part of the health care plan, the individual mandate, was expected to be treated like a pinata by the conservative member of the Supreme Court, but even one of Barack Obama’s own nominees, Sonia Sotomayor has some questions about it’s justification:

Justice Sotomayor, an Obama appointee, appeared skeptical of solicitor general Verrilli’s claims that the individual mandate is not based upon the idea that the government can force people into commerce and that there is no limit on its power to do so. The justice and solicitor general were very much at odds on this point.

Is Obamacare on the ropes?

***Update – The L.A. Times is reporting that the Supreme Court may be poised to strike down the entire Health Care bill.

Comments

  • Anonymous

    Opps, Mittens isn’t such a good candidate to go up against Obama after all.

    A new Washington Post/ABC poll has some rough numbers for Mitt Romney: “In the new poll, 50 percent of all adults and 52 percent of registered voters express unfavorable opinions of Romney, both higher — although marginally — than Obama has received in Post-ABC polling as far back as late 2006. However, the biggest difference between Romney and Obama is on the other side of the ledger: 53 percent of Americans hold favorable views of the president; for Romney, that number slides to 34 percent.” The good news for Romney: The general election is seven months away. The bad news: It’s seven months away. By the way, the Politico story on the proposed car elevator for Romney’s oceanfront home in San Diego is another one of those bad two- or three-word story for Romney, meaning it only takes two or three words to tell a negative narrative. The others: Swiss bank account, dog on roof, Etch A Sketch — and now “car elevator” Too be sure, Obama has his as well (Obamacare, “flexibility,” etc.). But that is a lot of negative shorthand for a potential presidential challenger at this point in time.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/romney-far-behind-obama-on-test-of-basic-popularity/2012/03/27/gIQA4WOSfS_story.html?hpid=z2

    • Anonymous

      There are still many Republicans who are vested emotionally and financially in other candidates, those who have ran and withdrawn and those who are still in. I do not expect those voters to claim to have a favorable rating for the guy that either has, or is, kicking their candidate’s butt. The poll is pointless at this point.

      After the conventions this will be a two horse match race. The only poll that matters now is the one in November, 2012. The GOP nominee issue is settled, even if Romney on the Brain syndrome lingers for some.

      • Anonymous

        It won’t matter after the nomination either.  There will be a large group, like me, who refuse to vote for Romney.

        • Jacosta

           Just like his other posts, we all know that Troy is in for Obama and wants 4 more years of increased socialism!

          • Anonymous

            And the fear mongering / threatening begins.  Just because I refuse to vote for Romney doesn’t mean that I will vote for Obama.

            Yes, I know, now starts the “If you don’t vote for the Republican nominee the sky will fall” rants.  Sorry, I already told you I wasn’t holding my nose and voting for the lesser of two evils any more.  Romney is the Liberal-lite of ’12 just like McCain was for ’08.  If you want my vote I would suggest that the GOP back a real Conservative.

  • Anonymous

    Opps, Mittens isn’t such a good candidate to go up against Obama after all.

    A new Washington Post/ABC poll has some rough numbers for Mitt Romney: “In the new poll, 50 percent of all adults and 52 percent of registered voters express unfavorable opinions of Romney, both higher — although marginally — than Obama has received in Post-ABC polling as far back as late 2006. However, the biggest difference between Romney and Obama is on the other side of the ledger: 53 percent of Americans hold favorable views of the president; for Romney, that number slides to 34 percent.” The good news for Romney: The general election is seven months away. The bad news: It’s seven months away. By the way, the Politico story on the proposed car elevator for Romney’s oceanfront home in San Diego is another one of those bad two- or three-word story for Romney, meaning it only takes two or three words to tell a negative narrative. The others: Swiss bank account, dog on roof, Etch A Sketch — and now “car elevator” Too be sure, Obama has his as well (Obamacare, “flexibility,” etc.). But that is a lot of negative shorthand for a potential presidential challenger at this point in time.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/romney-far-behind-obama-on-test-of-basic-popularity/2012/03/27/gIQA4WOSfS_story.html?hpid=z2

    • Anonymous

      There are still many Republicans who are vested emotionally and financially in other candidates, those who have ran and withdrawn and those who are still in. I do not expect those voters to claim to have a favorable rating for the guy that either has, or is, kicking their candidate’s butt. The poll is pointless at this point.

      After the conventions this will be a two horse match race. The only poll that matters now is the one in November, 2012. The GOP nominee issue is settled, even if Romney on the Brain syndrome lingers for some.

      • Anonymous

        It won’t matter after the nomination either.  There will be a large group, like me, who refuse to vote for Romney.

        • Jacosta

           Just like his other posts, we all know that Troy is in for Obama and wants 4 more years of increased socialism!

          • Anonymous

            And the fear mongering / threatening begins.  Just because I refuse to vote for Romney doesn’t mean that I will vote for Obama.

            Yes, I know, now starts the “If you don’t vote for the Republican nominee the sky will fall” rants.  Sorry, I already told you I wasn’t holding my nose and voting for the lesser of two evils any more.  Romney is the Liberal-lite of ’12 just like McCain was for ’08.  If you want my vote I would suggest that the GOP back a real Conservative.

  • Jason Wright, Editor

    This stuff from Rove is pretty interesting:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74594.html

    I have a die-hard Newt friend who frequents this site but has become pretty quiet lately. This one is for you, Mr. See You in Tampa.

    PS: Would all the states that Newt has won please raise their hands? (SC and GA hands go up sheepishly.)

    • Anonymous

       Slightly off, since Paul will have a plurality of delegates in at least 5 states and probably more.

  • Jason Wright, Editor

    This stuff from Rove is pretty interesting:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74594.html

    I have a die-hard Newt friend who frequents this site but has become pretty quiet lately. This one is for you, Mr. See You in Tampa.

    PS: Would all the states that Newt has won please raise their hands? (SC and GA hands go up sheepishly.)

    • Anonymous

       Slightly off, since Paul will have a plurality of delegates in at least 5 states and probably more.

  • Anonymous

    When people claim that there is no difference between the GOP and the Dems they need to look no further than who Bush put on the court and who Obama put on the court.

    They entire talk throughout this week has been how will the “conservative” Justices decide. I have no questions as to how the liberal Justices will decide. It is an almost given that the liberals on the court do to even consider the legal arguments, is it not?

  • Anonymous

    When people claim that there is no difference between the GOP and the Dems they need to look no further than who Bush put on the court and who Obama put on the court.

    They entire talk throughout this week has been how will the “conservative” Justices decide. I have no questions as to how the liberal Justices will decide. It is an almost given that the liberals on the court do to even consider the legal arguments, is it not?

  • Anonymous

    One can only continue to pray and hope.

  • Anonymous

    One can only continue to pray and hope.

  • Whodat

    Thanks, David, for putting this one in play!  Yes, the news is almost too good to be true!  Amidst all the back and forth, however, I have a question that perhaps one of our gang can answer:  The “mandate” is at the center of the issue:  can the feds force the individual to buy the insurance or fine the individual if he does not.  But, what if the individual cannot pay? No money.  What if that individual is a housewife who has no income and her husband cannot or will not pay?  What about the kids, now covered through 26 on mom and dad’s, but what if they cannot pay?  Seems to me that if, as recent reports show, that almost half of America now lives near or below the “poverty line”.  Where will they get the money to pay and what happens when they do not.

    So, the mandate that is being debated only applies to about half of us?  The other half gets covered without paying, without fine, without question?  I am counting on the SC to sort this out for us, but if they support Obombacare, I have my fingers on my TEA BAG and i will use it!

    In other news, a conservative, a liberal and a moderate walk into a bar.  The bartender says, “Hi, Mitt!”  Bah-dah-boom!

     

    • Anonymous

      The bartender says, “Hi, Mitt!”. Mitt says “You can call me Mr. President.”

      • Whodat

        You should hang out with German Observer.  Y’all can trade jokes.

    • Anonymous

      I would think Romney would be thrilled if ObamaCare is struck down.

  • Whodat

    Thanks, David, for putting this one in play!  Yes, the news is almost too good to be true!  Amidst all the back and forth, however, I have a question that perhaps one of our gang can answer:  The “mandate” is at the center of the issue:  can the feds force the individual to buy the insurance or fine the individual if he does not.  But, what if the individual cannot pay? No money.  What if that individual is a housewife who has no income and her husband cannot or will not pay?  What about the kids, now covered through 26 on mom and dad’s, but what if they cannot pay?  Seems to me that if, as recent reports show, that almost half of America now lives near or below the “poverty line”.  Where will they get the money to pay and what happens when they do not.

    So, the mandate that is being debated only applies to about half of us?  The other half gets covered without paying, without fine, without question?  I am counting on the SC to sort this out for us, but if they support Obombacare, I have my fingers on my TEA BAG and i will use it!

    In other news, a conservative, a liberal and a moderate walk into a bar.  The bartender says, “Hi, Mitt!”  Bah-dah-boom!

     

    • Anonymous

      The bartender says, “Hi, Mitt!”. Mitt says “You can call me Mr. President.”

      • Whodat

        You should hang out with German Observer.  Y’all can trade jokes.

    • Anonymous

      I would think Romney would be thrilled if ObamaCare is struck down.