What will it mean to Pres. Obama if the Supreme Court overturns his health care law?
November 15th, 2011
04:17 PM ET

What will it mean to Pres. Obama if the Supreme Court overturns his health care law?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Expect the Supreme Court to light up the 2012 presidential race when it rules on President Obama's health care law just months before the election.

The high court has agreed to decide the constitutionality of the president's signature piece of legislation. The legal challenge comes from a joint filing by 26 states led by Florida.

The justices will hear two major questions:

Whether the so-called individual mandate is unconstitutional - can the government force you to buy insurance? And if so, whether the entire 2,000-plus page law should be scrapped.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in late February or March and rule by June. If they strike it down, it would be a huge embarrassment for President Obama.

Yet the White House says it's confident the law will be found constitutional, and Politico reports that the president is so confident that he didn't even try to stop the Supreme Court from fast-tracking the case.

Mr. Obama is gambling that if the court upholds the law, it will validate his epic, two-year battle with Congress. And if they strike it down, it will fire up the Democratic base and energize party donors.

But there are also risks: If the court upholds the law, it could fire up the president's opposition even more. Remember the tea party?

The revival of the health care debate could also hurt the president in some swing states where his health care push alienated Independents.

Finally, if President Obama can't run on health care, it's not exactly like he can run on the economy or cutting the national debt.

Here's my question to you: What will it mean to President Obama if the Supreme Court overturns his health care law?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Ann in Charleston, South Carolina:
President Obama will be heart-broken, and it will probably cost him the election. He will get over it. The more important question is: What will it mean for the 50 million Americans who cannot afford health insurance?

David in Springfield, Missouri:
Jack, It will mean we are free at last of the oppressive nanny state dream that did not work in Europe - and will not work here.

Tom in Maine:
Everyone has noticed by now that there is no health panel killing grandmothers. Parents are seeing the benefits, such as coverage of young people. If Affordable Health Care is ruled unconstitutional, the public will demand a reinstatement of it in a form the Court will allow.

Sue in Knoxville, Tennessee:
In a word, TOAST! Instead of building a consensus, Mr. Obama chose to push it down our throats. Some provisions are good, but for the most part it's a mess!

Willy in Texas:
It means Obama’s next big project will be building his library.

Health care is Obama's only success story of his administration. It means he will leave office with having accomplished little - except insulting the prime minister of Israel.

soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. Brooke Berger, Lillian, AL

    It will mean more to currently uninsured citizens than it will to the President, who already has excellent healthcare, and as for those of us that have some form of insurance, it means that costs will continue to rise. We NEED the individual mandate in order for costs to at least level off.

    November 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  2. Larry -Denver

    It means that the court has one more ultra conservative and as a result the health care halts. Its all politics, even with our supreme court

    November 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  3. Ed Hansen, Atlanta

    It means the Democrats next move should be to try again for a single-payer, Medicare style system. By cutting out–er, killing–the health insurance industry, we will realize an immediate 30% savings. That's how much they're allowed charge to administer your plan, while Medicare costs less than 5%. It's been the right idea since it was dubbed HillaryCare, it's what President Obama campaigned on, and if we're lucky, it's what SCOTUS will prompt us to do. Jack, do you know any Medicare recipients who don't like their plan?

    November 15, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  4. Annie, Atlanta

    Does it really matter anymore? When you have corporate owned political hacks sitting on the bench, is that government branch even relevant any longer? It was bound to happen. The other two branches are already wholly owned. And the media pundits still don't understand what the Occupy movement is all about, only zeroing in on occasional violence from outside the movement, along with sex and drugs. Pitiful.

    November 15, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  5. Terri from East Tn

    He can use it as a campaign tool. He can campaign on even the Supreme Court being "Activist Judges" as the Republicans love to say or he can use it to rally his base. Telling the base more work needs to be done and he has to be reelected to do it.

    November 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  6. lou

    Obama is always thinking 3 steps ahead of everyone else. My guess is that he's calculated all the possible outcomes, and has something up his sleeve for all of them. He realizes the plan didn't go far enough and the mandates are unpopular. It may be the best thing if the court sraps it, and he starts over in his second term. Without the shackles of a looming election, he could do it the right way.

    November 15, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  7. Dave, Orlando, FL

    It will be poetic justice. He will be denied his erstwhile legacy, which serves him right for putting himself ahead of the country’s needs. He wasted nearly his first two years ramming his personal agenda through Congress; that of his hoped for legacy, while the country burned. Unfortunately, the right thing will happen for the wrong reason. If the law is overturned it will be to humiliate a president in an attempt to deny him a second term, not for any good of the people, or to remove a bad law from the statutes. We are so far in the toilet, we will never climb out in time.

    November 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  8. Gary H. Boyd

    That he can't rely upon Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to originate intelligent legislation and should be ashamed of himself for signing it. Any bill over 6 pages should be vetoed. The Obamacare bill was over 2,000. That's just stupid.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    November 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  9. Ed from Texas

    A better question might be, what will it mean to the estimated 50 million Americans who do not have health insurance?

    November 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  10. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Jack it will mean we are free at last of the opressive nanny state dream that did not work in Europe and it will not work here.

    November 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  11. Oliver El Paso, TX

    It will hurt the American people who can not afford insurance.

    November 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  12. Jk from Minnesota

    That the current court appointments from the previous administration do not have a firm understanding of the US Constitution. He probably knew this already with the Citizen's United ruling. He should push Congress toto pass legislation that will amend whatever laws need to be amended to have term limits placed on Supreme Court Justices.

    November 15, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  13. Mel - Houston

    It will leave him with no alternative but to try to pass the single payer system. I'm a veteran and I untilize the VA Health System, so; I have first hand knowledge that the single payer system works. The VA Health System use the Canadian Health Care Model.

    November 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  14. Noel Sivertson Roswell New Mexico.

    Probably not very much.

    Republicans will use such a ruling as precident for trying to get payroll taxes ruled unconsttutional and gettngrid of Social Security and medicare at the front end.

    November 15, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  15. David in Tampa

    Your question is moot Jack. All or some critical areas of the law will be overturned by a 5/4 vote along party/ideological lines. Both sides can take solace because whichever way this thing goes there will be plenty of political hay to be made ensuring these two sets of complete embezzeles (think Buggs Bunny) will, unfortunately, be coming back in January, 2013.

    November 15, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  16. JD in NH

    I don't know what it will mean to President Obama, but I know what it will mean to me. I had been unable to get health insurance for nearly a decade because of age and pre-existing conditions. As soon as I was able, I enrolled in the new federal pre-existing condition pool and after years of being in pain received long overdue surgery that gave me my life back. I know of other people in the same boat who are receiving life-saving cancer treatments. The consequence to President Obama pales in comparison to the consequences to the rest of us.

    November 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  17. Linus McKinney, Texas

    Our government can mandate many things and has over the years. Some of those things infringed on our rights but the concept that most believed was that what was mandated was more beneficial then detrimental to the entire public as a whole. The needs of the many far outweigh the needs of the few. Healthcare reform is far from perfect but it is a step in the right direction. Any new idea or concept is going to irritate those that are reluctant to change. Even if that change turns out to be good for them in the end. Healthcare will be an ongoing process just as new medicine when discovered changes the way we treat diseases and illnesses and current bad medicine is abolished when discovered years later to be inadequate or unreliable. Medicine is always in flux and healthcare will always be in flux.

    November 15, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  18. Pete in Georgia

    What will it mean ? It will mean that his corrupt, behind the scenes band of deceivers have let him down, big time.
    But don't hold your breath................don't count on it. This all is scripted theatre of total deception. Obama owns the courts, the powerful corrupt judges.....................the whole system is rotton to the core.

    November 15, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  19. Ken in Victoria BC

    Will it not be a great set back for the American people? Perhaps the biggest mistake was not to continue with a Government run plan to compete with the private medical plans. In British Columbia, in addition to public health insurance, we also have mandatory auto insurance, as due all states and provinces. All politicians want to protect the Canadian and American people and health insurance would surely be a protection.

    November 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  20. Brad, Portland, OR

    I don't think the Supreme Court will overturn the whole thing. They might overturn the individual mandate for insurance, but leave intact the protection against discrimination for pre-existing conditions and the other provisions.

    Which means that hospitals and doctors will have to eat the costs of uninsured patients or pass those costs on to people who DO have insurance, insurance companies will go out of business once people realize that they don't have to buy insurance until AFTER they get sick, or the law requiring that everyone be treated in emergency rooms without regard to ability to pay is repealed.

    Which means that uninsured people will start dying.

    Between insurance company lobbyists and medical industry lobbyists, guess which option is most likely to get through Congress...

    November 15, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  21. Paul From Austin Texas

    The big question is If. If the health care law is overturned it will show Obama and us all that our country has gotten to a point that nothing will ever get done. We elect people to go to Washington to change things and most if not all become like everyone else that is up there. All the whole bunch up there care about is how much money and breaks they can get and a life time job of doing little to nothing.

    November 15, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  22. Ann from Charleston SC

    President Obama will be heart broken, and it will probably cost him the election. He will get over it. The more important question is: What will it mean for the 30 million Americans (do I have the number right?) who cannot afford health insurance?

    November 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  23. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    It will only help to make our two class nation complete. The only people that will have Health Care will be the wealthy. The rest of us will have to lay down and die when we get sick. Something just doesn't seem right when all the other industrialized nations have no problem seeing that everyone has Health Care. But we have something they don't have greedy lobbyist representing insurance companies walking the halls of Congress pulling strings.

    November 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  24. Susan

    It is Obama's only success story of his administration. It means he will leave office with having acoomplished little except insulting the PM of Israel.

    November 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  25. Conor in Chicago

    It won't mean anything. Obama has already been defeated. Romney has already been selected by the Establishment. No need for an election. The Supreme Court overturning the Affordable Care Act, something that 's ensured seeing as how 5 of the justices are essentially Republican operatives-2 of whom actually participate in anti-healthcare organizations, has always been assured. The timing, just before the Presidential election, is designed to sway public opinion in favor of accepting the presumed inevitability of a Romney presidency.

    November 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  26. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    Means that will all have to go to Cuba for medical care.

    November 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  27. Michael Roepke Dallas, TX

    It will mean nothing. President Obama, all members of Congress and the Supreme Court have one of the countries best Health Care Plans given to them. The question should be, "what will it mean to our minimum wage workers, families barely getting by and our conscience?"

    November 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  28. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack--–It will mean "a bad play----but even more-–a bad call!

    November 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  29. Pete from Milton

    It will mean that right-wing partisanship, ignorance and "squeaky wheels" still trump knowledge and common sense in America. The Affordable Care Act has greatly helped TENS of millions of Americans, and will continue to do so, but it has been so distorted and dishonesty portrayed by the right, that tens of millions of under-informed Americans have been tricked into hating Obamacare even though it actually benefits them. Turn off FOX and look up the facts, folks!

    November 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  30. Kenneth in California

    Not much for Obama, jobs will be the subject, but there will be less premium money for the insurance industry.

    November 15, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  31. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    If the Supreme Court overturns President Obama's healthcare plan it won't be the first setbackfor universal healthcare. Progressive social scientists will have to keep working on acceptable methods of delivering adequate effective healthcare to all Americans without adding taxes or requiring anyone to buy health insurance. Maybe medical school graduates can work off their student loans at rural or low cost clinics or be assigned the same as part of their internship. If a similar law exisits maybe it should be enforced.

    November 15, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  32. Cy Gardner

    It will just be one more sad example of the corporate lobbyists on the court ignoring precedent and principle in order to help the few at the expense of the many. cy from arlington, va

    November 15, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  33. Gordon NJ

    You mean: what does it mean to Americans if the Supreme Court decides Americans should again be left at the mercy of insurance company greed, medical industry greed, and the understandable reluctance of the business community pick up where government for the past 50 years has failed? The 'individual mandate' was a Republican invention, and the only reason they now oppose it is because Obama supports it. We can pretty much assume the conservative Supreme Court will again side with the Republicans, not the people.

    November 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  34. Lori - PA


    That would be a blow to the Democratic Party. If the Supreme Court does overturn the health care law, you won't see me crying because It's wrong to force people to purchase health insurance when they can't afford it. The focus should have been on making health insurance affordable for people who don't have it because of the high cost.

    November 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  35. Linus McKinney, Texas

    First off Jack I have to ask why in the hell does the Supreme Court get three months off? That is absurd. Now back to your question. Healthcare costs have risen dramatically sine Obama care was drafted. This should have been the first sign of trouble. For the republicans it would be devastating because none of them could run on repealing Obama care. If Obama care is not repealed then they might as well do away with the Supreme Court too because that would mean that the Federal Government is now the Supreme rule. What they say goes for the rest of time.

    November 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  36. Jenna Roseville CA

    What will it mean to President Obama if the Supreme Court overturns his health care law?

    It will mean that Obama can go to what he wanted to do in the beginning MEDICARE PART E 'EVERYONE' automatically making a nationalized heath care system for Americans, AND it will be more cost effective because the BIG INSURANCE Companies will no longer have those 40 MILLION new forced customers that they can gouge.

    So let the Supreme Court overturn it. Works for me!

    Roseville CA

    November 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  37. Ed from California

    To him? Nothing...he(and Congress and the Supreme Court) has the best medical coverage in the world, thanks to the U.S. Taxpayer. To the rest of us, plenty. Our premiums will go way up. The Insurance companies can deny coverage. What's left of the employers will probably no longer be able to pay for employee coverage. Now the good news will be. If it's deemed unconstitutional.....I think that we as taxpayers should stop providing all Medical coverage for our hired help,completely. That goes for Retirement benefits as well. We can also reduce their pay, lets say fifty percent for starts. Our royal help has to set the example too!! Get all the money out of politics. No one in Public service should have a job for life....they all need to be elected into office....including the Supreme "The Law Making from the Bench"Court.

    November 15, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  38. Rick, Medina, OH


    Our Constitution was written before 'health insurance' was even conceived. It would only be 'OK' to overturn the Health Care law, if it's equally OK to deny care to an individual in 'cardiac arrest' ... with no insurance card! Common sense needs to prevail ... no system can prosper, if it must provide ... with 'iffy' remuneration.
    Such a decision, even if limited in scope, would cause health care as we know it to implode.


    November 15, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  39. Dan in Albuquerque

    Jack, it will mean that the Supreme Court is now the legislative branch as well as the judicial. Clarence Thomas' wife has been paid to work in oppositiom to the law. How could he be impartialed, espe ially since he clearly favors the right-wing in decisions? The big loser will not be Obama, it will be the American people. Their hope for insurance coverage, affordable premiums, treatment for critical health problems and affordable and available medicine will be gone. Again, we will be at the mercy of Corporations.

    November 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  40. Loren

    Complete failure as opposed to partial failure. I overstate, I will give him credit for sound judgment on LIbya, but foreign policy is always easier than domestic policy, because doing something different works in foreign policy, while it can compound problems domestically.

    November 15, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  41. Richard35 Canfield, Ohio

    Jack it will mean another over reach by by the Supreme Court. Congress and the President can fix Obamacare that is with the exception of the Tea Party who obviously doesn't know how to say anything other than No.

    November 15, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  42. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    It depends on how they do it. If they limit the impact to the mandate itself and leave the Medicare reforms in place, it is still a net positive for him to have passed the legislation – especially if the challenge to the expansion to Medicaid is also rejected. I suspect that the mandate will be an easy win, however, with Alito, Roberts, Scalia and Kennedy agreeing with the Democrats on this as a legitimate use of federal authority (and where Scalia goes, so goes Thomas). I think Obama would love it if mandates were rejected but the remainder of the law were upheld, since this would force the insurance companies into a bailout and de facto single-payer insurance – just as letting pre-existing condition reforms will do in a few years anyway. Expect that if the argument makes it look like mandates will go but the law will stay, insurance companies will moot the question by agreeing to a subsidized public option in exchange for dropping mandates and pre-existing condition reforms – with the GOP doing what they are told by their corporate masters and going along with the deal.

    November 15, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  43. John from Alabama

    Jack: If the Supreme Court overturns President Obama's Health Care Reform Act it means the court is controlled by politics and not what is best for this nation. It means the Supreme Court is bought and paid for by Tea Party Republicans. I hope this is not the case, because it would mean an end to big ideas and dreams being accomplished in this nation. We need to think outside the box, and we need to be leaders in health care, and not an element which halts preventative medicine. Brian Williams said it best on CNN last night, trains travel the same speed when I was a kid, and health issues are still the same as when I was young, and so on and so on... It is a ashame when we have a leader no one wants to move ahead.

    November 15, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  44. Cy Gardner

    It will mean we are a nation of suckers. I'm a 57 year old man and people tell me I'm lucky to have a job with health insurance at my age. A 57 year old man in Canada doesn't feel lucky to have health insurance. A 57 year old man in Canada feels lucky he's not one of those stupid Americans! The rest of the world receives health care as a right and our version of capitalism deems monstrous profits and salaries for insurance companies as a greater social good than preventing average citizens from dying or going broke. Pretty sad, eh? cy from arlington, va ... but Saskatoon is looking better every day.

    November 15, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  45. Sandstone.

    "I don't think they will ovderturn it! But either way, Obama won't have to worry! He'll be well looked after while he's in prison after 2012 for all his crimes. Starling with Ilegal entry, forging of official documents etc."

    November 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  46. Mycroft Lake Travis Texas

    Jack, Sadly, it will mean back to the old drawing board for President Obama and lets hope the new legislation includes the Public Option, which is the only way to eliminate the greedy corporate leeches and for Americans to get affordable health care. True if he handles it like he did the first time, caving and folding, inviting a television add campaign where the Health care corporations bombard the airways with more lies and spin, whilst he plays the grown up in the room just sitting back and watching who prevails, health care legislation will be doomed and the American people will be none the better for it. If this time President Obama actually fights for meaningful health care legislation that has a Public Option , we'll at least have hope...once again ! This only to say if the 5 Republican Supreme Court members show as much contempt for a Democratic President, as they did when, selecting the worst ever President our country has ever seen over the people's choice, Al Gore.

    November 15, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  47. Doug Ericson

    I don't think it will mean anything to President Obama. He will probably have his Chief Counsel write the Judges a chastizing letter. Doug. Pepperell, MA.

    November 15, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  48. Thom Richer

    It will mean and give evidence to the fact that we no longer have a political need for a president in this government. I use the word "government" very loosely. More and more the president is becoming a mere figurehead.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    November 15, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  49. Rex in Portland, Oregon

    I would have thought that a law requiring health insurance would be right up the reaganism alley – sorta like seat belts, auto insurance, and property taxes. I guess the political upside of showing Obama up is too great even for the greed of the repubs, eh?

    Another supreme court loss will damage Obama irreparably. What's worse it will lend credence to the greed of corporate control by seemingly giving it, once again, the backing of the highest court while taking the corporate advantage of the mandate away from the controllers – which is quite a paradox for insurers.

    Oh, well, Jack, it is politics as usual. And it will remain this way until congrefs is fired and the vote returns to the people instead of the dollar.

    November 15, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  50. Harold from West Monroe, Louisiana

    Why would it? All states mandate automobile insurance coverage for its citizens, so what's the diffiference? It's all part of being a responsible adult.
    If the Supreme Court ruled mandatory health insurance unconstitutional, it would create a challenge to mandatory auto insurance.
    The only problem I have with the current law is, it doesn't provide a single-payer mandate, like most modern civilived countries do.

    November 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  51. Tom Bulger, East Millinocket, Maine

    Everyone has noticed by now that there is no health panel killing grandmothers. Parents are seeing the benefits such as coverage of young people. If Affordable Health Care is ruled unconstitutional, the public will demand a reinstatement of it in a form the Court will allow.

    November 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  52. David of Alexandria VA

    Pretty much the end to his domestic resume. He, with the egging-on of the Democrat congress, rammed through a gargantuan bill, spent a trillion dollars he didn't have and as a result after two yeasr to cook, only a minority of the people (who will, by the way pay for it) actually support it. The term "over-reach" has been used in Ohio and Mississippi of late - maybe Obama's domestic accomplishment will be that he created a new political excess and now the GOP has copied it.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  53. Bill of New Mexico

    Even if Obama is re-elected in 2012, it is doubtful if Democrats will have any control of the hill.

    It will be at least 5 years before the Democrats can have any chance at a Health Care Bill.

    It will be more failure for Obama's already poor first term.

    Obama's slim chance to be re-elected will be cut in half.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  54. Mark

    You are not my responsibility! I know "personal responsibility" isn't in the liberal/progressive/socialist/communist democratic party's dictionaary but be-as-it-may, Obamacare is unconstitutional. If you democrats want the uninsured to have coverage, YOU pay for it yourselves, out of your own personal pockets/paychecks. I repeat, you are not my responsibility.
    Mark in BC NV

    November 15, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  55. Ted

    The court will say that EVERYONE has to be forced to buy into the new plan. Then the congress and the unions will cry FOUL.. They know this plan stinks and want no part of it. If it is not good enought for them....then why force it on the rest of America.............

    November 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  56. Ray in Maryland

    Maybe Congress will wake up to the real problem with our medical system. There is no system!. State by state, city by city nothing is standard, Prices differ, Medical coverage differs. The average Citizen is a hostage to a system that Charges too much, prescribes too much unnecessary drugs, a system held hostage to the Court system and Insurance system that has put several doctors out of their chosen field. My VA Doctor told me they were a VA doctor because Malpractice Insurance and licensing costs were too high in the US. It's a shame that currently only the upper 1% can truly afford the Best Health Care. Privatization and capitalism doesn't work in the Medical field. Where is the Christian ethic of taking care of the Elderly and Poor. Criminals in Jail get better Health Care than the average Tax Payer. The Medical Field needs to be Nationalized, Standardized and Forced to be affordable. Tort Reform and Control of the courts needs to be in place too. Socialism, No COMMON SENSE. All People involved will not do anything voluntarily. Those that do are often marginalized. Food, Water, Shelter and Health Care should be better available to all. We need to find a way to cut out the GREED.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  57. Bryan Colorado Springs, CO

    No brainer, It won't mean anything new. Just more obstructionism from the Republicans. Everyone knows the court is tilted to the right. It will be decided along party lines. What alternative do the Republicans offer. Oh I forget do nothing and it will correct itself. Ya thats the ticket.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  58. Gigi Oregon

    The supreme court should become very worried. We the 99% are forced to pay taxes. We have no say in what is done with our taxes. Our government has become a greedy nation for wars and power over the masses than caring about those 99% who give the largest percentage of their income to taxes. And who can no longer own their home or live the American Dream. "We the people" will find that decision would open up the challenge for more than "occupy wall street". It is legal for the U.S. Representatives to purchase stock with insider information but you and I would go to prison, given tax loop holes, accept bribes from corporations etc. I think the Republican representatives/states and Judges had better think straight before they completely take down the United States and start caring about the poor, the middle class and giving some respect for those less fortunate than themselves because of the greed our representatives have voted to become part of. President Obama may still be a blessing in disguise for "We the People". I don't want to hear another Republican representative say "God bless America" Because "Corporate America" is not God.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  59. Jeff In Minnesota

    It means that any health care program will require either a constitutional amendment or a different legal approach.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  60. Terry in Virginia

    If the SCOTUS rules against his plan, Mr. Obama should revise the plan, dump the mandate, and add universal coverage, perhaps through an expansion of Medicare. Then he should wait out the 2012 Election, which he should win considering the pitiful choices the GOP is promoting right now. Plus, both chambers of Congress will be Democratically controlled again thanks to the current Republican leaders who believe in the philosophy of "all for the one percent."

    November 15, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  61. Larry in Houston

    Jack – Do You Honestly Think it would Fire up the Base, if they strike it down ? I don't think so, Jack – To be perfectly honest, my wife just wrote a check for $500.00 to Gingrich's Campaign – ( and we're BOTH Democrat ) I'm starting to feel like the James Carville / Mary Mattalin Couple !

    November 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  62. Sue in Knoxville

    In a word, TOAST! Instead of building a consensus, Mr. Obama chose to push it down our throats. Some provisions are good but for the most part........it's a mess!

    November 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  63. serge olivier ngakeng

    The Court protects the LAW...so will validate the LAW.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:24 pm |

    What will it mean to President Obama if the Supreme Court overturns his health care law?

    Obama next big project will be building his library.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  65. Dee in New Paris OHIO

    It will mean more to the PEOPLE than to Obama. It will mean that the millions who have no insurance will still be uncovered, and that in many cases their family doctor will be the ER. (which is EXTREMELY costly to everyone) I just don't see why there is so much resistance to a bill that is essentially GOOD for the majority of people! And what's the gripe about being forced to buy health insurance? We are forced to buy auto insurance, and although we don't like it (until we have an accident or a claim) we do it because it is the best thing to do. And anyone with a mortgage is FORCED to buy homeowners insurance! So, why are people so against the same thing for health insurance? And the law even helps the poor get coverage! (that's more than any of the laws about car insurance do)

    I can only conclude that the REAL reason there is even conflict is that it is called "OBAMA CARE" and Obama happens to be black!

    If the Suprene Court is truly JUST, it will uphold the constitutiona;ity of the law and let us get on with life. And it will affirm the law without regard to the RACE of the President.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  66. Gail, Plano TX.

    I am confident that the Supreme Court will uphold the Health Care Law. The President is not stupid, something most pundits ignore in order to stir the controversy pot. He is a constitutional scholar. Why didn't Mass. question the mandate? It works there. Could it be that it's all about the black President, and not the health care law? Unless the Superme Court is truly corrupt, the bill will stand!

    November 15, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  67. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    What it means is that the taxpayer will get to pay for the cost of getting the 50 million uninsured medical care, which is what a large number of people want because they go to the emergency room and get treated for free and medicaid picks up the bill. I don't know who these idiots think pays for all the care given to people that have no insurance I guess they think hospitals give it to them free of charge, how stupid can you get.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  68. Linda Richards

    It already means we need to reassess the role, rules and length of service for Supreme Court Justices. We live in a country with a million mandates. I must have car insurance, get a license to drive and limit my speed on federal highways. I must, attend school till a certain age, get vaccinations to do so, etc., etc.
    Far worse is the notion that monied interests even own the Supreme Court. They seem to own our political, economiic and justice systems outright. A more important question is "Does the Supreme Court work anymore or is it busted just like Congress and Wall Street?"

    November 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  69. thomas

    Thirty-two of the thirty-three developed nations have universal health care, with the United States being the lone exception. And judges will decide? We are spiritual idiots in America.

    Thomas. Z.
    medical student NYU

    November 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  70. Bob

    It is not important what it means to Obama – What is important it the 32 million Americans who will go without health insurance while the insurance and drug companies get even RICHER. The Republicans will of course be happy with this but many Americans will suffer and the middle class will pay for them to go to Emergency rooms at 100 times the cost of a doctor..

    November 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  71. Joyce

    It will mean the repubs bought them off, That is about all they have left to try and make sure he is a one term president and I don't think even that will work.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  72. Hubb

    The president should be confident in his decision. He has done nothing illegal in this bill. Automobile insurance is mandatory in my state and I believe in all the rest. Why wouldnt health care be?

    November 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  73. Cody Monville

    If the Supreme Court overturns The Affordable Care act it will mean very little to Obama's re-election bid. Obama is a calm, cool, and collected individual and he can turn any situation into a political issue that favors his re-election. Why this won't affect Mr. Obama's re-election is because the Republican's cannot produce a serious threat to Obama. With Cain's latest display of lack of knowledge about world events, and Romney's inability to gain support from the far right folks in the right win, Obama will be just fine. The only thing that will keep Obama from getting another four years is if he dies, not a Supreme Court decision on Obama care.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  74. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    It will mean the people have lost again to the bought and paid for SCOTUS.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  75. ed martinez

    A blessing in disguise. The American voter might welcome socialized medicine as an alternative. And he should too if he's really interested in energizing his base.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm |

    you mean what will happen to millions of people who will lose their health care? of coarse the gop will be happy as they do not care about the middle class or the poor people!!

    November 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  77. Jim Roker


    Since Bush v Gore, and citizens united, we know the the current court is much more interested in partisan politics than they are in legitimate constitutional rulings.

    By scheduling a ruling to be delivered deep in campaign season, it is a given that they intend to to sabotage Obama by gutting his signature legislation.

    Hard to read how that will play, since depending how the polling question is asked, public support for the mandate ranges from sharply divided to 60% plus in favor.

    The Thug base will definitely be energized, but a public already angry at party politics over the needs of the country just might become more active as well.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  78. WallyT

    It means that I will die.

    When the PCIP program goes away (part of the President's health care plan) I will not be able to afford the $50,000 expense to replace an implanted cardio-defibrillator every 5 years. I was a victim of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in 2008.

    I'll come back as a ghost to haunt all Republicans.
    Port Saint Lucie, Florida

    November 15, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  79. Brenda

    He can back up three yards and punt. Noone wants to be fined for not purchasing a plan, nor do they want to be taxed on their benefit if they are so fortunate to have benefits. This will give him the opportunity to overhaul the initial health care bill to include every citizen via their social security number on a single payer system similar to Medicare. He can then put a reasonable pricing table in place for all medical procedures. Everyone needs health care.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  80. Kenny Williams

    I think the blow will be slight only. President Obama's re-election will not be based solely on healthcare reform. The question is not whether Obama is doing the best job, but do we think one of these republican candidates can do a better job. I think Obama's intentions are at the highest level and that anyone one of the current presidential candidates will make things far, far worse. Stay with Obama!!

    Kenny W. Augusta Ga.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  81. Betty in San Diego

    Let's hope that it is overturned. My daughter is under-employed and cannot afford insurance. I am paying for her, both as a parent and as a taxpayer. In 2008, Obama promised "Change you can believer in"; now in 2011, he is
    saying "well, I didn't say today or next week". He stated in 2008 that his weakness was the economy and people voted for him anyway. He's THREE years in, looking for re-election, and NOW he's concerned about the economy. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that EVERYTHING starts with a job. Let Michelle go grow a garden in Chicago – oh, that's a good use of the secret service. PLEASE – deliver me.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  82. afrankangle

    To me, a moderate independent and a voter in the Ohio Republican primary, it means nothing because the current state of the Republican party continues to push me away. Odds are I will vote for President Obama as a vote against the Republicans, thus help the president and the Democratic party misinterpret the voter mandate.

    Frank in Cincinnati

    November 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  83. Name*jim hyler

    It means that his highness Lord Obama will probably ignore the Supremes and do it my dictate that is after all what he desires to be our own Hugo Chavez. Lets hope we can be rid of him before that can happen The wheels ate turning

    November 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  84. Nadim (West Lafayette, IN)

    It means that Obama's reelection is essentially over but how it will affect the uninsured citizens is the biggest concern.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  85. Randy

    Nothing, he is a DLC corporate democrat who only passed this sham legislation to try and quiet the Americans who wanted a public option which would have fixed the system very easily.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  86. Cee.La

    Its hyperthetical Jack.....I have know idea what the SC will do.....I dont even know if I have confidence in them anymore......but I do think its a bit hypocritical of Conservatives to object to the mandate, when they keep harping on those who are on the dole, for not paying their way......notice which states filed suit........ALL RED.....President Obama has had zero, I repeat ZERO cooperation from Repubs/TPs and judging by the intellect of our voters, hes probabaly toast.......which isnt saying m uch for the voters......

    November 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  87. Tom

    It will mean that the Supreme Court understands that the President overstepped his authority and that he will have to run on his own merits, although what those are I have no idea. Maybe he can run on the hey how much worse can things get or four more years could cost you fifteen percent or more on health insurance. Whether the court strikes down Obama care or not, the public is still going to seek change at the polls, the economy and job situation are most important to voters and on those topics, he has failed Americans.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  88. Bert Peterson

    It will mean nothing since I already have the best healthcare system in the country – called Medicare – yes the wingers call that socialized medicine too. But it will be devastating to my kids and grandkids as their employers dump their health insurance since no one, no employer, no government and almost no individuals, can long afford healthcare costs increasing at 4 times general inflation.

    Think very carefully about this issue – it could be our last chance at a rational and well thought out healthcare system.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  89. karen canada

    Its unbelieble to me that some Americans think its better for the uninsured to go to hospitals to get treatment that everybody who pays taxes has to pay for than like car insurance everybody has to have but then again I guess that only makes sense to some,Also why don't all the lawmakers who are getting great healthcare ,great pensions which none of them need they all are multi millionaires,want the same for everyone & if not when they talk about all the cuts that have to be made their medical & pensions should be on the table but they only want to cut what doesn't affect them in anyway it boggles the mind!

    November 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  90. Kim , Dodge City, Kansas

    It will mean only one thing, medical bankruptcy for all. Unless, of course, you are a wealthy Republican.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  91. Bob , Wilmington N.C.

    Jack, Obama did his homework before the legislation got passed.They had dozens of lawyers determine that the regulations were constitutional before one vote was taken. If the S.C. rules against Obamacare, it'll just prove that the highest court in the land is the best money can buy.And yes, the base will be fired up!

    November 15, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  92. Rose TN

    It means that when the for-profit health insurance companies jack up their rates (as usual) to pay for their bonuses and shareholder dividends, then the GOP and other misinformeds will no longer be able to blame it on the Affordable Care Act.

    By the way, where is the GOP's "better-than-Obama's" health care reform bill? Whatever happened to their mantra of "repeal and replace"?

    And WHERE ARE THE JOBS they promised?

    November 15, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  93. Dean in Va.

    Jack, The republicans say that forcing americans to buy insurance is unconstutional. What happens when they cut out social security or make this optional. Suppose I don't want to contribute to any retirement , will they force me to contribute and if so wouldn't this be unconstutional also. Just something to think about.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  94. Joan

    All my relatives in England would not change their health care system for ours and believe me speaking with my sister she gets the best care and she is retired. She never has to worry if she will lose her house because of illness. The government watches cost and they don't take advantage of the people like the insurance companies do over here. We should be like Canada, Germany, France etc. At least they have some sense when it comes to health care and they are in better health that the majority of people over here. If the Supreme Court does not go along with the President it will be because of the GOP. Just like everything they will not do anything to help the President. I am a Republican but believe me the Republican Party we have in Washington is NOT my Republican Party. They don't think about country first. I have voted for many years and believe me after George Bush we have never recovered. A hugh deficit, two wars not paid for. I am a Republican but I will be voting Democrat. When I see the Republicans up for election I would not want any one of them representing me especially when they have to go overseas. They are a joke! Please Jack would you refer to the President as President Obama NOT Mr. Obama. Where is the respect! No wonder our children don't have it!

    November 15, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  95. ma in phoenix

    When did we give control over our healthcare to the health insurance companies? How did this happen? If Obama's efforts are overturned by special interests and not the American people we will have let control of an essential right be taken from us by the ever present profiteers.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  96. Mark from New Jersey

    It would mean that the next thing he should do is initiate impeachment and removal of Thomas and Scalia. Talk about impropriety and the appearance of impropriety. Thomas' wife is a paid tool of the Tea Party, financed by the Koch brothers, and they both have been heavily involved with political, read corporate, interests. That's not what Jefferson and the Founders had in mind.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  97. marybeth, massachusetts


    It will not mean a single thing, life will not change one bit for any member of Congress, for the Supreme Court, or for the President if the health insurance law is struck down. You should have asked "what will overturning the law mean to millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans who cannot afford the highway robbery individual plans offered by insurance companies?" Sarah Palin and her ilk screamed about "death panels" and "pulling the plug on grandma" but the truth is that this happens multiple times every day at the hands of insurance companies, who have decided that they cannot make a profit if grandma gets cancer treatment.

    The GOP will dance in the streets, rejoicing at yet another way to drive the middle class into poverty and to make poor people even poorer. They'll continue to get their health care for life, even after they leave Congress, and for their families, courtesy of the American suckers.

    Remember Jack, one system and set of benefits for them, and nothing for everyone else.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  98. Bert Peterson

    Where do you get the idea that anyone is "forced" to buy health insurance? The CBO says that about 20 million people will not buy health insurance and instead will pay a tax (government has virtually unlimited power to tax) that will cover the government's cost for uncompensated care for these folks if they get sick and can't pay their bill.

    The words in the law make this very clear – I think the SC will read the words and understand that 20 million people will "not buy health insurance. Should be a simple decision. Can't fathom 5.5 hours of argument?.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  99. david bidlack

    dave from michingan it will mean that he has lost the battle to fix healthcare like many other presidents have.but than it should be unconstitional for any privite hospital to be told by law to treat anyone who doesn't have health coverage or can't pay the bill or show proof that they can pay the bill. the people in this country should do the republican thing if you are without a job or a retired person like GMs white collar persons who lost their health coverage and can't afford to buy health coverage just go away somewhere quite were you can't be to be unconstitional as well!

    November 15, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  100. Yvonne in Florida

    So Far President Obama is the only "presidential" looking choice. If Healthcare Reform gets beaten down then we'll just have to regroup as a country and try not to think about the Americans who will be truly hurt by this.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  101. john dahodi

    It is not a supreme Court but a Capitalist Court where majority of right wing judges leaning to capitalism give their opinion. It is too bad that in America even the judgment is based on political views rather than the Constitution and State laws. No where else any Court judges have to win election based on their political views and that too taking donation from their cronies and after winning the position like politicians, even judges try to satisfy the wishes of their donors and well wishers. America is going down the drain the way other Empires have wiped out from the globe. Regarding health bill and SC; in my opinion, it is purely a public welfare matter, just like providing water, gas, electricity, roads and education to general public. Health care should not be included in luxury items like car, plane and ipod but a life necessity and must be provided by the State without any double standard. Yes, each service must be charged based on the capacity to pay by each citizen. Nothing should be FREE!!!!

    November 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  102. StevensB

    " If the Health Care Law gets struck down " ????? It will be since the 5 ultra conservative sitting judges are going to serve the insurance companies , who finance their cronies in congress to get re-elected , regardless of whether the law is constitutional or not ( I happen to think it is ! ) . As for the Presidents re-election being influenced by the decision ..... could go either way ........
    By the way ... isn't a bunch of baboons described as a " congress of baboons " ????? How 'bout that Jack ???
    Steve , Northern New Mexico .

    November 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  103. Emma

    I am for the healthcare law including the mandate. My concern is that without a public option where can a low income or for that matter a middle income family find affordable healthcare? If affordable healthcare is available and offered than I see absolutely no problem with this. as for the affect it will have if it does not pass the courts, most people do not want the mandate, but want the other stipulations in the healthcare bill, so I would still view it as a win for the American people. Would it be a win for Obama? Does that really matter? It win be potrayed by the media and the Republican party as a failure either way.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  104. Dot

    What do mean "if"? With all the bonehead neo-cons on the Supreme Court do you really expect them to uphold Obama's health care law? You've got a better chance of eating a ice cream cone on the surface of the sun.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  105. Deb from Skippack, PA

    What I do not understand is WHY this Healthcare Reform is so controversial. This country needs healthcare desperately. Anything is better than nothing. The elderly can't even afford medicines. For being one of the richest countries in the world it really is quite pathetic that we don't take care of our own. It is shameful. Everyone should have coverage not just the rich.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  106. david bidlack

    it means that another president has failed to fix healthcare. on the other hand the house members ran by john boehner only has to work part time so far about 120 days a year in washinnton (a part time jobs hours) to get great full time benifits and the best health care in the country. some full time workers but not all in this country work 250 days a year to get full time benifits like this .

    November 15, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  107. TOM (INDIANA)

    The pressure is really is on the Robert's Supreme Court. They can think about the people don't want insurance or they can think about supply people with insurance which are turn away from insurance for precondition. Insurance will not cover them because not everybody is Insured . The people not insured they will run to get insurance as soon they have a illness or a accident and never pay a penny for a coverage. Also, the tax payer will be paying the bill when they rush to the hospitals for help. This is why this law is going to pass the constitution hearing.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:54 pm |