Pelosi's specific Supreme Court health care prediction
April 4th, 2012
11:22 AM ET
3 years ago

Pelosi's specific Supreme Court health care prediction

(CNN) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi bucked the assessment of Supreme Court analysts and pundits Tuesday by predicting a favorable ruling from the court on President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law.

Speaking at a luncheon meeting in New York, Pelosi predicted the court would uphold the Affordable Care and Prevention Act's constitutionality with a 6-3 decision.

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"I'm predicting 6-3 in favor, but we shall see. It's a lesson in civics, and I respect it. I respect the court and judicial review," Pelosi said. She made the remarks at the Paley Center for Media and video of the event was posted on their website.

Last week, many analysts offered a grave appraisal of the law's chances after hearing oral arguments on various aspects of the Affordable Care and Prevention Act, specifically the constitutionality of the "individual mandate" which requires all citizens to obtain health insurance or pay a fine.

Pelosi said her party was more than willing to go through the process of defending the mandate in courts, and said the law was written to withstand judicial scrutiny.

"We've always respected judicial review, and the Constitution, and we wrote the bill in an iron-clad way in terms of its constitutionality," Pelosi said. "But you never know what the court will do. I have confidence, since we're talking about the law of the land, and our compliance with it, that we will be OK."

The California Democrat said the bills provisions, including allowing young adults to remain on their parents' health insurance plans and disallowing insurance companies to deny coverage based on preexisting conditions, had already benefited more than 80 million Americans.

"We can't roll that back, so we have to find a way to keep it," Pelosi said. "Again, we're speaking in the theoretical. I think the bill will be upheld. But we really do have to find a way to keep what's in the bill."

Pelosi also pointed to aspects of the health care measure that impacted women, including a provision that allows for greater access to contraception. Pelosi labeled the women-specific measures "enormously popular with the public."

Pelosi described a phone call with Obama following the law's passage in 2010.

"The day after it passed the president called us and said, 'Last night when you passed the bill I was happier than when I was elected president of the United States.' What a beautiful thought," she said.

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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair asked:

    Not really, Rudy. The bill came in at a cost to the taxpayer of just under $1 Trillion (CBO estimate now double that amount). Please explain how that is "making an individual pay for their own health care instead of making everyone else pay for it"? If you were correct, wouldn't it be budget neutral? Just asking...
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    Ahem, the cost of entitlements without the bill is well over $1 trillion. The bill begins the shift of the cost burden off of the taxpayers and those with health insurance back to the health insurance providers, where it belongs.

    I think that it is crazy that insurers are permitted to automatically drop people and deny them coverage at age 65. Yet, Paul Ryan seems to think that those seniors will be able to purchase health insurance despite the fact that virtually *all* insurers currently refuse to carry them. He's the Pied Piper of Medicare.
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    You did not answer the question. The bill comes at a cost of well over $1 Trillion to the taxpayer. So I'll ask again – HOW does that "make individuals pay for their own healthcare instead of making everyone else pay for it"?

    April 4, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    Myviewis
    Obama's health care plan is the same as Mitt Romney's health care plan with the exception that Obama's is Federal. If the courts do not have a problem with Mitt Romney's health care plan introduced to Massachussets 5 years ago and it has been successful according to reports, then why would we think the Supreme Court will have a problem with Obama's health care plan since it is the same as Romney Health Care Plan in Massachussets?
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    Federal overreach. It exceeds the responsibilities of federal powers, but states do have these powers. I refer you to "James Madison and The Future of Limited Government" by John Samples.

    April 4, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Myviewis - If the courts do not have a problem with Mitt Romney's health care plan introduced to Massachussets 5 years ago and it has been successful according to reports, then why would we think the Supreme Court will have a problem with Obama's health care plan since it is the same as Romney Health Care Plan in Massachussets?
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    You CLEARLY do not understand how our government works and what the Constitution is all about. Please read it sometime.

    April 4, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. Joe M.

    Journalist in 2010 – "Are you concerned that the individual mandate may not be constitutional?"

    Pelosi – "Are you serious?"

    April 4, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    "If the courts do not have a problem with Mitt Romney's health care plan introduced to Massachussets 5 years ago and it has been successful according to reports, then why would we think the Supreme Court will have a problem with Obama's health care plan since it is the same as Romney Health Care Plan in Massachussets?"
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    The federal government is of enumerated powers specified in the Constitution. State governments are not.

    April 4, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. ThatsIt21

    We all know about Pelosi's predictions...I'm still waiting for her prediction about Newt to happen.....Guess I better not hold my breath.

    April 4, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. Kurt Wiberley

    Irony for the Repubs. If the Supreme Court overturns ObamaCare we will be moving toward government managed healthcare because no american can afford the insurance costs except the wealthy. Many americans cannot get healthcare at an affordable level because of pre-existing conditions which is a ruse anyway. The only solution is a single payer system or better yet get the insurance companies (for profit companies) OUT of the healthcare business all together.

    April 4, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair asked:

    You did not answer the question. The bill comes at a cost of well over $1 Trillion to the taxpayer. So I'll ask again – HOW does that "make individuals pay for their own healthcare instead of making everyone else pay for it"?
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    I see that you have conveniently forgotten how the federal income tax system works. Fascinating.

    April 4, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Marry

    If we are incapable to create a modern system of general health-care it is an EPIC FAILURE for the people of the US! To have people go bankrupt and die because of the current system wile “candidates” from the GOP have a smirk on their face because the industry is happy with their stance it is absolute shameful! Those talking about the “exceptionality” of our country make people having taken the trouble to look beyond our borders shake their heads at so much arrogance and willful harm to the public.

    April 4, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    Kurt Wiberley
    Irony for the Repubs. If the Supreme Court overturns ObamaCare we will be moving toward government managed healthcare because no american can afford the insurance costs except the wealthy.
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    Kurt, I understand your concern and it is the main point! Health care is too expensive. But ObamaCare does not fix that.
    In fact, it loads the American taxpayer with $trillions more debt just when the government is already running on borrowed money and debt is skyrocketing. ObamaCare is not the answer. It is a big new part of the problem.

    Competitive health care programs at the State level are the answer. Ask people in Massachusetts. They know it can work. What we have had and what we get with ObamaCare do not work. Right out of the gate it is costing the taxpayer twice as much as advertised. No thanks. We have enough working against the nation than to let this mess play out.

    April 4, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    "I see that you have conveniently forgotten how the federal income tax system works. Fascinating."
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    One more time, Rudy. The cost to the taxpayer is over $1 Trillion. HOW does that "make individuals pay for their own healthcare instead of making everyone else pay for it"?

    Let me word it another way, ok? WHERE is that $1 Trillion of taxpayer money that this bill costs going?

    Face it, you really don't have an answer, do you?

    April 4, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. OB MS

    “The complete independence of the courts of justice is peculiarly essential in a limited Constitution. By a limited Constitution, I understand one which contains certain specified exceptions to the legislative authority.... Limitations of this kind can be preserved in practice no other way than through the medium of courts of justice, whose duty it must be to declare all acts contrary to the manifest tenor of the Constitution void. Without this, all the reservations of particular rights or privileges would amount to nothing.”
    ― Alexander Hamilton The Federalist Papers

    April 4, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. lol

    You mean the SAME Nancy Pelosi guilty of insider trading, betting on The United States to Fail, so people like her can make more cash.

    Tell me again why politicians like her arent in federal Prison, under crimes of Financial Terrorism?

    April 4, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Hey, hey, hey

    OB MS, The Federalist Papers are not a part of the Constitution.

    April 4, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. hesea

    Anyone anymore listening to Polosi's ramblings? At least she dis the Sumpreme court and try pressure them as Obama did. Gues she didin't want to have to explain her comments in writing as Obama as be ordered to. But you can't read about that on CNN. In case you haven't checked other news soutrces Obama has to resond in writing to the courts about his comments Monday discrediting the Supreme court fromhis bully pulpit.

    April 4, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Hey, hey, hey

    Cherry picking harms us all. Courts should be independent, but they shouldn't be political tools. Courts have brought wrath on themselves by being tools of political movements. Unelected tools of manipulation. Any judge who is using the bench as a political tool should be promptly impeached, left, right, center, it doesn't matter.

    April 4, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair asked once again:

    Fair is Fair

    "I see that you have conveniently forgotten how the federal income tax system works. Fascinating."
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    One more time, Rudy. The cost to the taxpayer is over $1 Trillion. HOW does that "make individuals pay for their own healthcare instead of making everyone else pay for it"?

    Let me word it another way, ok? WHERE is that $1 Trillion of taxpayer money that this bill costs going?

    Face it, you really don't have an answer, do you?
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    I have answered your question several times. Taxpayers. In fact, your question was answered in my original post that you had cited. Taxpayers and health insurance holders pick up the tab for those without health insurance.

    It appears that you do not even understand your own question. No, maybe you were typing too fast. " WHERE is that $1 Trillion of taxpayer money that this bill costs going? " If you mean where is the money coming *from* and not going, it is coming from the taxpayers, Which means all of us.

    Since you think that I don't understand your point, why don't you spell it out for us?

    April 4, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. DRod

    The Law has already passed and now the Supreme Court will deem it Constituional. Obama will be reelected and the country will continue the recovery from the failed Bush-Republican experiment that almost brought about the next Great Depression.
    OBAMA 2012

    April 4, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Hopeful

    That the president would be happier than the day he was elected just speaks volumes to me. He is pure of heart and really wants the best for the average American, not just the wealthiest amoung us.

    April 4, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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