A Supreme Court Ruling Against the Mandate Unlikely to Be a Political Win for Obama

By: Sunday October 2, 2011 6:35 pm

The Supreme Court will likely rule on the Affordable Care Act in the summer of 2012, just months before the election. If they uphold the constitutionality of the law, that could be a modest political win for the Obama campaign. It would serve to undercut the Republican attack that the law was an “unconstitutional” government overreach. But I strongly disagree with Timothy Noah’s assertion that even an unfavorable Supreme Court ruling would be a political win for Obama. From The New Republic:


Justice Department Asks Supreme Court to Hear Affordable Care Act Case

By: Wednesday September 28, 2011 2:00 pm

The Department of Justice today filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to review an appellate court’s ruling that struck down the Affordable Care Act.

Health Care Reform Likely Heading to Supreme Court Before 2012 Election

By: Tuesday September 27, 2011 8:40 am

A decision by the Administration to bypass an intermediate appeal from an adverse decision by a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court means it’s now possible the Supreme Court could rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate by June 2012, right in the middle of the election season.

Supreme Court Vacates Don Siegelman Conviction

By: Tuesday June 29, 2010 12:29 pm

Many of the trumped-up cases in the Bush era hinged on the same “honest services fraud” statute; the Supreme Court vacated the ruling in one of them, sending the 2006 bribery case of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman back to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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