SCOTUS Sets Hearing Dates for ACA Constitutionality; Obama and Romney Weigh Options

November 17, 2011
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With the SCOTUS set to take up the ACA and its constitutionality this term, more fuel to the fire has just been added to an otherwise white hot election ’12.

Posted in CorporatePolitics & The Law

With the SCOTUS set to take up the ACA and its constitutionality this term, more fuel to the fire has just been added to an otherwise white hot election ’12.

Although recent polls seem to dignify the usually staid Newt Gingrich with the flavor-of-the-campaign tiara at the moment, the sure bet is on the “electable” former former governor of Massachusetts and originator of all things Universal Healthcare, Mitt Romney. For President Obama, it presents an interesting “problem” which will require appropriate strategies for the White House in keeping the president on message, as they say, over the next twelve months.

No matter how the SCOTUS rules on the matter before it, Obama has got the winds of the ACA behind him. The wheels have been in motion for the past year-and-a-half to the get the first provisions of the reform law into place. Issues such as coverage extensions  for adult children of policy beneficiaries and increased employer-based protections for workers practically guarantees and confirms widening of likes versus dislikes ratio with respect to the law. All of this cannot be ignored by the court as it hears arguments early next year.

Conversely, Mitt Romney could benefit from a negative ruling by the court. After signing into law an individual mandate provision in Mass’s. law as governor, Romney initially praised the action, calling it the “ultimate conservative idea”. Known as much for his flip-flops on this issue (because he is running for president, after all) as he is for his corporatist, milquetoast demeanor — a negative decision of the courts would give him immediate justification for blasting it.

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Perhaps that’s why he is mum on the issue now. Further, Romney can make the repeal of the law a central campaign mantra, if the SCOTUS upholds it — “realizing” that individual states can have mandates if they so desire, but not at the direct imposition of the feds.

Regardless, the rhetoric on the constitutionality of the ACA will ramp into high gear next summer; and the ride will be a tumultuous one for both candidates. | LINK

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