July 2012: Supreme Court Will Rule On ObamaCare

July 2012: Supreme Court Will Rule On ObamaCare Image

Since the moment ObamaCare was signed into law momentum gathered to force the radical law all the way up to the Supreme Court in hopes that it will be struck down.  Today the Supreme Court announced that it will hear the constitutionality of the law that 26 states have rejected.

The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide the fate of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, with an election-year ruling due by July on the U.S. healthcare system’s biggest overhaul in nearly 50 years.

A Supreme Court spokeswoman said oral arguments would take place in March. There will be a total of 5-1/2 hours of argument. The court would be expected to rule during its current session, which lasts through June.

The decision had been widely expected since September, when the Obama administration asked the country’s highest court to uphold the centerpiece insurance provision and 26 of the 50 states separately asked that the entire law be struck down.

Now the calls for Justice Elena Kagan, Obama’s former solicitor general, to recuse herself from the case escalate:

The Supreme Court’s announcement Monday that it will hear challenges to President Obama’s health care law have put the spotlight on Justice Elena Kagan, who worked in the administration while the law was being written and, conservatives argue, helped craft its legal defense.

“Before the Supreme Court case is heard we need to know if Justice Elena Kagan helped the Obama Administration prepare its defense for Obamacare when she was solicitor general. The Justice Department must answer serious questions about whether Justice Kagan has an inherent conflict of interest which would demand that she recuse herself from the Obamacare case,” said Rep. John Fleming, Louisiana Republican.

Liberals are also trying to get Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself because his wife worked with a group that opposes ObamaCare.  They ignore the fact that Justice Thomas’s objectivity on the SCOTUS is not bound by his wife’s feelings or prior work.  If that were the case you could probably recuse everyone on the high court.

The answer to the big question we have all been waiting for is coming soon.  Will the court ultimately rule in favor of ObamaCare, strike down only the individual mandate, or throw it all in the trash where it belongs?  Regardless of their decision it will no doubt be one of if not the most important decisions for the court in recent history.