November 8th, 2010
04:00 PM ET
12 years ago

High court declines to get involved now in health care overhaul fight

Washington (CNN) - To no one's surprise, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected the first constitutional challenge to the sweeping health care reform effort championed by President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress.

The justices without comment refused to get involved at this early stage, while various state and federal challenges are continuing. The high court rarely accepts cases before they have been thoroughly reviewed by lower courts.

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  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    President Obama IS a Constituional scholar. I wonder what made the newly elected Teatards think they could challenge the constitutionality of Healthcare Reform when one of their very own felt that familiarity with the Constitution was an UNNECESSARY prerequisite for a Senator?
    Did they also think that the insertion of a Latina,and a gay Supreme Court Justice was just a "checkers" move on the President's part?

    November 8, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Chipster

    As long as taxpayers are expected to pay for treatment for people who have no health insurance, we should be able to require everyone who is capable of purchasing health insurance to do so – just like uninsured motorist insurance! Of course, Tim Pawlenty's solution is for emergency rooms to turn patients away who cannot pay and have no insurance. That's the GOP health care plan and I suppose that's the "Death Panel" that they spoke of – just send them away to die in the street. Until then, taxpayers shouldn't have to pick up the tab for those who can afford health insurance but simply won't pay for it.

    November 8, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    President Obama IS a Constituional scholar.
    HAhAHAHA!!!! RIGHT! And he thinks it is outdated and irrelevant, just as all Progressives think. The American people told him otherwise on Nov. 2nd. He's just too stupid to realize it. Amazing how arrogance and elitism blinds people to reality.

    November 8, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. November 2010

    This law will be ruled unconstitutional in 2011 or 2012 by a 5-4 vote. Get over it libtards.

    November 8, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. keepstufingthis

    Mama, part of the solution is also making people work and give up watching Oprah. Here is the real deal, we are already paying for these people through the innumeralble entitlement programs that a fraught with waste and corruption and a lot of the cost is the liberal trial lawyer suing that Obama has refused to control. He also refused to allow the companies to sell across state lines and took out the doc tax, so it wasn't included in the original cost and could be added later. So as far as the eye can see we are paying for the failure of the NEA to educate our children because they want more Viagra, the greedy trial lawyers and the millions of drug using, Oprah watchers who don't want to work. So what does this do for me except raise my premiums which your president promised it would not do.

    November 8, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Ohio Mike

    So much for the tea bag agenda. All they have left is the goofy impeachment strategy.

    November 8, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. stufthis

    To the Nancy Pelosi hater: It is the republicans who want to remove those constitutional amendments that are not pro white. Arrogance is a multi millionaire like Mitch McConnell thinking he is speaking for main stream America. That also goes for the town drunk who will become speaker of the house in January.

    November 8, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Why do we even need health insurance companies? Seems to me that they're just greedy middlemen who add nothing to the delivery of healthcare besides another level of burocracy. The more claims they deny, the more profit they make. They are the real death panels. If we had universal healthcare like the rest of the world, all of this would be a "mute" point. (I know it's moot, but ya gotta write so the teabaggers little pea brains can understand.) Have a nice day!

    November 8, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. Ben in Texas

    To the guy laughing about the President being a constitutional scholar:

    I'm a progressive, and I believe firmly in the Constitution. All of it; not just the parts the teabaggers like. I believe in the separation of church and state. I believe in the 14th Amendment, too. What gave you the idea that progressives don't believe in the Constitution?

    As for the President being stupid, I'd like to see your degree from Harvard, or anywhere, for that matter. No, I don't mean your GED. I'll be glad to show you my Associate, Bachelors, and Masters. If you think progressives are lazy, I'll be glad to show you my job history for the past 45 years, including 3 1/2 years in the regular army during Vietnam. Your insults only show your ignorance, which is the lesson we all learned about teabaggers during this last election cycle.

    For a good close up look at arrogance, try a mirror.

    November 8, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    President Obama IS a Constituional scholar.
    HAhAHAHA!!!! RIGHT! And he thinks it is outdated and irrelevant,
    EXACTLY what has he done to violate the Constitution that would make you say that? Let me answer that for you: NOTHING. Your boys in Congress would've been ALL OVER THAT if he was in fact violating our sacred Constitution. Perhaps if you'd studied a little harder in school you wouldn't feel so threatened by intelligence.

    November 8, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. T'SAH from Virginia

    The RepubliCAN'Ts knew this – they just want to MAKE SOME NOISE!!! Everyone who voted for them because they thought the Health Care Reform was going to be repealed – WASTED A VOTE!!!

    There is a LOT more the RepubliCAN'Ts ARE NOT going to get – like those TAX CUTS for the RICH – the middle class will prevail in that too – RAISE the THRESHOLD – END TAX CUTS for those making over that threshold!!! Yes We Can!!

    The RepubliCAN'Ts put a lot of fear in voters and it will all surface over the next couple of days, months and years and most Americans are going to say – "WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED"?!

    President Obama – and I agree with Dominican Mama – is a very intelligent man and this is what make those people that live in those 'small pockets of America' ANGRY!

    This is T'sah – OUT of Campaign – N2 MOVING AMERICAN FORWARD with all of the Reforms THIS President achieved – President Barack Obama!!!

    November 8, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. angry liberal

    Obama is a constitutional scholar and Bush graduated from Yale. I will judge them more by the destruction they have or are wreaking on our country. And the lies they told or are telling.

    Are we done with the DemoPublicanRebOcrats yet?

    November 8, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    I wonder how the rethugs are going to tell people who are already being helped by the healthcare reform bill that, oops, we don't like it but because we have health insurance and we have a lot of money that doesn't mean we want YOU to have it. At least the insurance part. RETHUGS ARE THE DEATH PANELS!!
    Typical republikan hypocritical system.

    November 8, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Dennis in AZ

    I don't care what SCOTUS "normally" does. This is a gross deriliction of their sworn duties. Requiring any amoerican to purchase any product where there is no alternative behaviour is not in the spirit of Constitution, is not enumrated in the powers of Congress or the Executive for any reason in the Constitution. For the sake of our country this needs to be resolved as quickly as possible. Requiring Auto Insurance isn't the same thing–we can all choose to walk or ride a horse.

    November 8, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    The constitution is a lot like the bible. Open to all sorts of interpretation. Couldn't one argue that promoting the general welfare, as they say, could include requiring everyone to have health insurance so that we all don't wind up paying for all of the emergency room visits by the uninsured? Have a nice day!

    November 8, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    Mama, part of the solution is also making people work and give up watching Oprah.
    I agree. Yet you'd have to also agree that as it stands (or stood) we (those of us that work for a living and have health insurance) had been paying all along through fees and higher premiums for those without insurance.
    Why would you want Obama, YOUR PRESIDENT TOO, to curb lawyers suing anybody? Isn't that an infringement on free American enterprise? Lawyers sue. That's what they do.
    And what the hell was that you said about the NEA not educating kids because they want more Viagra?!?
    You're rambling babe.
    I agree with you about getting people back to work and away from their meth labs on college campuses, and in the heartland of America. The influx of this drug primarily produced by White America is killing off the youth we have left.

    November 8, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. Randy

    I agree with Dennis, the liability auto insurance requirement is completely different.

    Take a look at what the CBO says. Recent report shows that Prescription cost have already begun to climb. This is just the beginning. As base costs go up, insurance costs will have to follow, or there won't be an insurance industry, maybe this was the engame they had in mind anyway.

    November 8, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |