Thursday’s Supreme Court decision was a tragedy, former U.S. Attorney Gen. Edwin Meese told NewsmaxTV. It was tragic because of the definition of taxing authority, for the expansion of federal spending and debt, for the way it undermines the doctor-patient relationship and for the way it “tramples on religious liberty,” Meese said.
“Most of all,” he said, “the tragedy was the way this was rammed down the throats of the Congress,” where no member read the 2,700-page bill in the first place.
The majority opinion, written by conservative Chief Justice John Roberts, was “literally convoluted,” said Meese, who now holds the Ronald Reagan Chair for Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation. “It clarified the jurisdiction of Constitutional meddling in regard to the Commerce Clause and taxing power after the government specifically had stated, during the early debates, that the individual mandate was not a tax. In arguments before the Supreme Court, government attorneys “argued it both ways, with an ambivalence that’s hard to understand.”
Nevertheless, there’s a great opportunity to reverse the tragedy of Obamacare, Meese said.
“The prospect of repeal is excellent,” he said. “It’s only a question of timing. If The president and the majority in the Senate never have been cooperative in upholding the Constitution,” so there may need to be changes before the law is repealed and replaced.
“The overwhelming majority of Americans oppose Obamacare,” Meese said. “But it’s only one of a number of things that’s moving this country in the wrong direction. It’s just symbolic of that wrong direction.”
The contentious debate over Obamacare, among other things, is taking this country “considerably off the path that Ronald Reagan put us on,” Meese said. “He believed in lower taxes across-the-board, less federal regulation, a stable monetary policy and less growth in federal spending. He would be very much opposed top what’s been happening in the past 3 ½ years.”
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