John Roberts Chief Justice Supreme Court

The Gift of George W. Bush that Just Keeps on Giving!

By Scott Rohter, July 2012

We knew as conservatives that there was going to be a lot of time between the filing of the first legal challenge to Obama Care, and the time when all of the separate court cases would be consolidated into on, and that one case that would eventually be heard by the United States Supreme Court. We knew that there would be plenty of time to get to one of the more moderate members of the Court and persuade them to change their mind and vote along with the liberals to uphold the Affordable Care Act. We knew all along that the defenders of Obama Care only needed to peel off one of the more moderate Justices, and the Affordable Care Act would be upheld by the slimmest of margins, 5 to 4 by the highest court in the land. We always thought that the vote we had to worry about, the one that might flip was Anthony Kennedy’s vote, that he was the weakest link in the conservative chain, the most likely member of the Court to switch sides. No one ever believed for a minute that John Roberts could be had, or bought off at any price!

The supporters of the President’s Health Care Bill had four definite yes votes right from the start to uphold the new law. That was certain. The two Obama appointees to the Court, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor were a given! The other two liberals on the Court, Ginsburg and Breyer were equally as sure to vote to uphold the sweeping new law since Justice Ginsburg was appointed by Bill Clinton in 1993 and Justice Stephen Breyer was nominated by Bill Clinton in 1994.

President Bill Clinton tried to pass Universal Health Care Legislation during his first term in office. It was euphemistically referred to as “Hillary Care” after the current Secretary of State. It was Hillary Clinton’s job as the First Lady, to try to finagle her husband’s Health Care legislation through Congress, but fortunately for us she was unsuccessful then. The progressives knew that all they needed to do this time under President Obama was to get one of the more moderate members of the Supreme Court to vote with the four liberals to uphold the law and thy would win.

We always thought the one Justice most likely to change sides and join with the liberals was Justice Kennedy…

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