Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said Monday the Supreme Court needs to rule on the constitutionality of Obamacare as soon as possible and the Obama Justice Department should not drag its feet and try to politicize the issue. On Friday, an appeals court dealt a blow to President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, saying the individual mandate is unconstitutional.
“Let me tell you, if President Obama tries to make this political — just like he did with the debt ceiling — look what his goal was with the debt ceiling, to drag it out until after 2012 — and we hope he doesn’t do that here and make this political,” Bondi, a leader in the multi-state lawsuit against Obamacare on constitutional grounds, told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren.
“We have a bipartisan decision by two judges in favor of our ruling —this needs to get to the Supreme Court as soon as possible — it is morally indefensible and ethically indefensible if [Obama] places politics over our constitutional rights,” she said.
Bondi said it is imperative for the Justice Department to stop bringing the issue before appeals courts in different regions and the high court also needs to decide quickly because U.S. jobs hang in the balance. Bondi said the Justice Department has not indicated which path it will take.
“Businesses aren’t wanting to hire. The Heritage Foundation just did a study that showed there was a correlation between Obamacare passing and [businesses] dropping the number of people being hired,” Bondi said. “So yes, you are right, everyone is getting tied up in this money, and that’s why it has to go to the Supreme Court as soon as possible. It is in the best interests of all Americans, all businesses — and to me that’s the most important thing right now.”
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