White House Faces Political Dilemma on Health Law Challenge
Not sure what the white house can do to prevent SCOTUS from hearing and deciding this issue before the election but it comes as no surprise that they won’t want this to be decided before the election because the individual mandate is going to be struck down as unconstitutional.Many political analysts think the White House will try to delay Supreme Court consideration as long as possible.
"They definitely don't want to see it go to the Supreme Court until after the elections,” said Kirsten Powers, a former Democratic operative and a Fox News analyst. “So my expectation is they would do whatever they can to slow walk this so that this does not get to the Supreme Court where possibly the individual mandate could be struck down which would be very damaging for the administration."
There is no doubt the health care law is headed for the Supreme Court -- the only question is when. The recent decision by a panel of judges from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta is only the broadest challenge to the law, brought by 26 states and the nation’s largest association of small business owners. But there are multiple, conflicting appellate court rulings and huge stakes for the case.
Obama had to know that his resistance to an early referral to SCOTUS would put the case on their doorstep during the last year of his current term didn’t he? Is he really so amateurish on constitutional law, or has he planned for this all along?
He probably won’t be re-elected due to the dismal economy and unemployment rates but there will be no way he can survive SCOTUS overturning Obamacare 6 months before the election.