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Dershowitz: Supreme Court Likely Will Uphold Obamacare

Sunday, 18 Mar 2012 07:05 PM

By Martin Gould and Kathleen Walter

The Supreme Court challenge to the Affordable Health Care Act will probably fail as judges vote 5-4 in favor of the Obama administration's signature law, predicts Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz in an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV.

But Dershowitz, who describes himself as a liberal Democrat supporter of President Barack Obama in a Newsmax.TV interview, said it will be very close case and vote, and could go either way.

He said the final vote will almost certainly rest on the decision of Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy as it is pretty clear the other eight members of the court will split 4-4.

“Predicting the future is very difficult,” said Dershowitz. “Predicting Supreme Court decisions these days means predicting the vote of one person.

“It’s pretty clear that there will be four people voting to uphold Obamacare. It’s not so clear whether there will be four people to strike it down. But it might very well be a 5-4 decision.

“If I had to bet widows’ and orphans’ money on the outcome, I would bet on it being upheld, though perhaps in a close vote.”



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