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The inside story of how John Roberts negotiated to save Obamacare

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Posted By: WhamDBambam, 3/22/2019 11:08:24 AM

Chief Justice John Roberts arrived at the Valletta campus of the University of Malta on July 3, 2012, to teach a class on Supreme Court history. As he emerged from the back seat of a black sedan, he held his brown leather briefcase in front of him, almost as a shield. He wore a blue blazer, striped button-down shirt, and tan khakis. His clothes looked crisp, though his face was haggard. He was as exhausted and distressed as he had been in years. Roberts had left behind a storm in Washington over his opinion upholding President Barack Obama´s health-care overhaul

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Reply 1 - Posted by: judy 3/22/2019 11:24:42 AM (No. 9233)
CNN conveniently left out the part that Obamacare was a complete disaster, caused the Dems to lose the house & senate, was one of the reasons for Trumps win... Justice Roberts proved to be one big disaster & he still is. CNN loves Roberts!
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Reply 2 - Posted by: jasonB 3/22/2019 11:31:47 AM (No. 9228)
Did the story mention bags of cash, or photos of him with barnyard animals?

Or was he just another DC weasel that voted his heart the first chance he got?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: janjan 3/22/2019 11:32:33 AM (No. 9234)
The entire premise of the article rests on the false allegation that Obamacare was a miracle cure for the so-called health care crisis and ignores the fact that Obama outright lied to the American people about its real consequences. The idea that Americans should pay a fine for refusing to participate in a government program is unconstitutional on its face. This was a political decision by the SC who were trying their hand at social engineering. Epic fail by Roberts and he deserves his reputation.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: trackman999 3/22/2019 11:43:13 AM (No. 9242)
Roberts was blackmailed. Something about the adoption of his kids , South America and Ireland.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 3/22/2019 11:48:49 AM (No. 9240)
Roberts caved because the dims were about to blow the lid off of some family-related info having to do with his children and he didn´t want it publicized. Obie took it to him and Roberts had no choice but to call Obiecare a "tax".
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Luandir 3/22/2019 12:25:59 PM (No. 9223)
The man can´t be trusted, and will turn on us again and again. PDJT needs to continue putting as many Constitutional strict constructionists on the court as possible.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: stablemoney 3/22/2019 12:27:25 PM (No. 9225)
CNN is such pathetic liars that they can´t write anything without more lies, including the one in this article claiming the Obama argued that Obamacare was a tax, a position the Obama administration did not argue, Roberts did that. And thanks GW Bush for Roberts, and his perpetual smirk. That GW Bush that gave us everybody should own a home, even those that can´t pay for it, and when it all collapsed, went running out of DC saying capitalism had failed, not GW Bush, leaving us with an $800B bill for all those homes GW sold to people that couldn´t pay for them, and an $800B slush fund for Obama to spread among his leftist friends at our expense.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Bison65 3/22/2019 12:38:21 PM (No. 9238)
Bush did not give the country the mortgage crisis. That had its foundation in liberal policy...the community reinvestment policy. Go back 5 years before the crash and you will see Franklin Raines and the liberals defending a mortgage policy that was already on the brink of collapse. You can find it on the internet. As far as Roberts goes....just a another politician trading votes not based on law.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Sunhan65 3/22/2019 12:43:54 PM (No. 9227)
FTA: "She believed Supreme Court precedent demanded the law be found constitutional."

What Ruth Bader Ginsburg believes has no bearing on what is, or is not, constitutional. The Constitution is not subject to Supreme Court Justices´ beliefs. There is no constitutional power for the court to make decisions about the constitutionality of a law duly passed by Congress and signed by the President. The court was intended -- and initially operated as -- a final court of appeal with original jurisdiction in very few, specified areas.

The entire Chimera of judicial review is itself based only on a Supreme Court precedent. In other words, the Supreme Court created the power of judicial review for itself. When branches of government create powers for themselves that the Constitution does not grant, the other branches are not simply empowered to defy the usurpation and correct it by the constitutional powers at their disposal; they are positively obligated to do so.

Congress has utterly failed in this responsibility, and every president since Jefferson has punted. Perhaps President Trump will be the first to take the Constitution at its word and tell the enrobed authoritarians who mean to govern us from their lifetime sinecures that their interpretations are no longer welcome. That the Constitution was enacted with embedded mechanisms to secure its correct interpretation, namely elections, impeachment and, in extreme cases, amendment.

And that the people will, in each of those cases, be the judge.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Namma 3/22/2019 12:43:58 PM (No. 9230)
I trust JUstice Roberts about the same as I trusted John McCain. I never trusted mccain
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Newtsche 3/22/2019 1:29:33 PM (No. 9232)
CNN on John Roberts, yeah, I don´t think so. I started to read this then came to my senses.

It´s ironic, I see this simpering boob and medical issues arise here.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Faldo 3/22/2019 1:45:59 PM (No. 9226)
The timing, source, subject, and a between the lines reading indicate--Chief Justice Roberts is going down with FISA
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Reply 13 - Posted by: TXknitter 3/22/2019 1:58:13 PM (No. 9246)
If Roberts was blackmailed, it still gets him no sympathy from most people. He is a smart guy. If he and his wife adopted children in any way that was not ethical or legally above board, he had no business saying yes to a Supreme Court nomination. Evidently, his desire for the big brass ring superceded everything else.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: lakerman1 3/22/2019 2:30:46 PM (No. 9231)
The Obola administration argued, during day onje of the oral arguments, that the penalty for not purchasing Obolacare was a fee, and on day two, argued that the penalty was a tax.
When a jdge is faced with two contradictory arguments from one side, he has the obligatio0n to rule using the argument least favorable to that side.
Chief Judas Roberts failed in that obligation.

He failed as badly by using the commerce clause. Using his legal reasoning, if tire manufacturers wanted everyone to purchase white sidewall tires, the government could penalize buyers for failing to do thAT.

In the second Obolacare case, Roberts ignored the clear language of the law, and even worse, ignored clear legislative intent, which was to penalize state that did not set
up exchanges.
Instead, he relied upon some pie in the sky impulse that congress might have had.
Eternal shame should rest upon Roberts.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: DVC 3/22/2019 2:37:15 PM (No. 9235)
Sorry, not going to even bother, looking at the source.

I couldn´t believe a single word of this. CNN lies. It is their one real skill.

I will not read their lies, there is no possible point.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Sam1 3/22/2019 2:55:09 PM (No. 9244)
In addition to the illegal adoption of his children, he did a massive amount of pro-bono work for gays including behind the scenes work on the following landmark case "in what gay activists described at the time as the movements most important legal victory":

https://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Roberts-aided-landmark-case-on-gay-rights-His-2650380.php
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Reply 17 - Posted by: franq 3/22/2019 3:42:51 PM (No. 9245)
I have no faith in Chief Judas Roberts. He betrayed truth and justice to save his own backside.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: nonsense 3/22/2019 5:44:43 PM (No. 9239)
I have no faith in him, and no respect for him. He is just another one of those black robe totalitarians, who smirks and enjoys his power over the little people.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: tisHimself 3/22/2019 7:10:03 PM (No. 9224)
Xxvii. No reason to doubt that. And another exhibit in the Karl Rove efforts to use the Bush White House to surreptitiously advance the gay agenda for a few more votes that never arrived.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: jeffkinnh 3/22/2019 8:19:41 PM (No. 9243)
Roberts had a simple job, evaluate the Constitutionality and legal validity of BOCare. It WASN´T Constitutional because the administration´s argument was that the mandate was NOT a tax. Taking them at their word, they had no right to enforce the mandate.

It wasn´t Robert´s job to cobble together the law to make it work. That was Congress´ job. They were lousy at it. That´s why the law has been being continually gutted since inception; removing nonfunctional pieces, sometimes extralegally because to do it legally would open the whole law to renegotiation, something BO was unwilling to risk.

And WHAT did Roberts protect? A badly crafted bill that did even more damage to the health care system. Soaring medical costs and soaring prices for insurance and deductibles.

If Roberts had done his JOB and let BOCare fold, we could have been much further along at fixing the problems. Only last year did we FINALLY get rid of the mandate although much of the non functional structure of BOCare is still in place.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: MissMann 3/22/2019 8:43:36 PM (No. 9229)
He needs to be impeached and removed. He´s been compromised.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: CountryDoc 3/23/2019 10:20:21 AM (No. 9236)
The Supreme Court is supposed to be the guardian of the constitution. Chief Justice Roberts went way beyond his purpose here.

The ACA is a travesty to the American Taxpayer. Manipulated sympathies for the sick allowed this "Tax" to extort $3Trillion/yr from the American Taxpayer.

Americans spend $11,000/person/year on healthcare. The next most expensive country spends $4,000. We spend 18% (4 Trillion) of our ~20 Trillion GDP on healthcare. Medicare is the largest business in the world. hint: The majority of the money is NOT going to patient care or to licensed clinicians.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: Ratslayer 4/19/2019 5:27:02 PM (No. 9241)
John Souter Roberts..... another Bush find!
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Reply 24 - Posted by: judy 4/19/2019 5:41:29 PM (No. 9237)
CNN & Roberts need to talk to people who actually have Obamacare. Some have deductibles as high as $6,000 . It’s a disaster.
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