Following the lead of President Obama, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has suggested that the Supreme Court made a mistake in taking up the current challenge to ObamaCare — the high-stakes case over whether people who enrolled through the federal marketplace are eligible for tax credit subsidies to help lower their insurance premiums.
It was about a week ago when the president — in a move sharply criticized by many analysts as inappropriately aggressive — told a news conference in Germany: “This should be an easy case. Frankly, it probably shouldn’t even have been taken up.”
The Hill notes that some Republicans accused Obama of trying bully the justices by his public criticism of their legal judgment.
“His pointed comments, which appeared to be aimed at least partly at influencing the justices, baffled some court-watchers who say that the decision in the King v. Burwell case was likely settled long ago.”
Speaking with Capitol Hill reporters outside the Senate chamber on Tuesday, Reid (D-Nev.) also implied that he knows better than the justices what their business should be when he declared: “The Supreme Court shouldn’t have taken up this case.” Then the Nevada Democrat who’s known for venturing into outrageous rhetorical territory from time to time, added when asked about the disputed language in the Affordable Care Act: “I think the language is clear. I hope the Supreme Court can read English.”
Despite the minority leader’s cocky condescension in suggesting the language of the law is clear in its authorization of subsidies for ObamaCare enrollees through the federal marketplace, the actual wording of the Act would seem to support the contrary conclusion…thus the Supreme Court’s consideration of the momentous legal matter.
As the article in The Hill notes of the prospects for the ruling in the second high court challenge to the president’s signature legislative achievement:
With the ruling on ObamaCare expected any day, legal experts say it’s unlikely that any rhetoric from the White House could cause a major shift in the justices’ opinion. Still, they say it’s possible that the justices are continuing to nail down all the details, particularly if they are planning to rule against the administration.
It would be reasonable to suppose that President Obama and high-ranking Democrat lawmakers might already know how the Supreme Court will rule — against the administration — and are building their case that the justices are wrong. Otherwise, one might believe that those now attacking the high court would be praising it, or at least remaining neutral in their rhetoric.
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