A liveblog of twitter and other stuff while we wait for the ruling...
#SCOTUS #ACA opinion will be released Thursday 10am EDT.
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 25, 2012
With a little more than twenty-four hours to go before the Supreme Court is scheduled to release its last rulings of this Term, it is very likely that the Justices and their staffs are still doing some final editing on the opinion — or opinions — that will tell the constitutional fate of President Obama’s most important domestic policy: the massive overhaul of the way Americans get and pay for health insurance. The media and other pundits, and the academics, have all done their speculating on outcomes, and the blame games have started in anticipation that the ruling may turn out wrong for this or that constituency.
~ Lyle Deniston on Scotus Blog
If the Court strikes down the law, Democrats will need to redouble our efforts, fighting to ensure universal health care that’s affordable and accessible to every American is a reality.
If the Court upholds the law, dangerous Tea Party extremists will go on a rampage. Backed by Super PAC’s and shadowy front groups like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, they’ll do everything in their power to defeat President Obama, demonize Democrats who fought for health care reform and, if they win the election, dismantle the law piece-by-piece.
~ Patrick Kennedy, son of the late ACA leader Ted Kennedy, in a fund-raising email for the Health Care Rapid Response Fund
In the end, you have to make a prediction and take responsibility for it. I believe the mandate will not be invalidated tomorrow. Far less important, I expect the principal opinion will be written by the Chief Justice; a majority of the Court will find it has jurisdiction; and the challenge to the Medicaid expansion will be rejected.
Most observers disagree. There are certainly good reasons to believe the Court will invalidate the mandate. Most important, at the oral argument, the questions of two critical Justices – Justice Kennedy and the Chief Justice – were on the whole critical of the mandate’s constitutionality.
But in the end, based on the entire mix of information I have, I think the mandate will not be struck down tomorrow. (I don’t have any inside information, nor does anyone else.) My prediction includes the possibility that there will not be a single majority opinion for the theory on which the mandate is upheld, and even the thin possibility that the Court will not have a majority to find the mandate constitutional.
Tom Goldstein, Publisher of Scotus Blog
Right now it feels more like waiting for the results of my prostate exam. If the law is upheld (a good result), life will go on with all its attendant pleasures and travails. If the law, or more likely, parts of it, are struck down, like an exam’s bad news we are still left with a series of options, some less appealing than others. In any case, like the exam, the process has been annoying, and I for one will be happy when it’s over. Mostly, because its been an unneccessary pain in the butt.
~ Michael Waldholz in Forbes
Multiple live streaming video boxes on web sites @TakeActionNews @WeActRadio tomorrow for SCOTUS #ACA.Yours truly anchoring play-by-play.
— David Shuster (@DavidShuster) June 27, 2012
#aca decision by #scotus tomorrow likely at 10:15, not 10, because two lesser cases must be announced first. Watch @SCOTUSblog
— Jeffrey Toobin (@JeffreyToobin) June 27, 2012
John Boehner: If #SCOTUS doesn’t strike down health-care law, ‘House will move to repeal what’s left of it’ wapo.st/KDFKKk
— edatpost (@edatpost) June 27, 2012
Preview of post-SCOTUS Internet tomorrow. twitter.com/pourmecoffee/s…
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) June 27, 2012
Waiting for SCOTUS is like being a kid on Christmas Eve, if your Christmas presents made half the country extremely angry
— Sam Baker (@sam_baker) June 27, 2012
Recipe of the Day: 15-Minute Broccoli Salad ow.ly/bRhq4.
— FoodNetwork (@FoodNetwork) June 27, 2012
Pending tomorrow's SCOTUS decision on Obamacare this could end up being a surprisingly good week for liberals
— John C (@SociaEnterprise) June 27, 2012
Area union members to join healthcare allies at #SCOTUS for #ACA ruling tomorrow. We'll be live tweeting all morning. dclabor.org/ht/display/Art…
— MetroDCLaborCouncil (@DCLabor) June 27, 2012
RT @sahilkapur If SCOTUS axes just the ACA mandate it'd be the Chamber of Commerce's first defeat this term.
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) June 27, 2012
Alan Grayson: 'The Republican Health Care Plan Is 'Don't Get Sick'' @EdShow @WeGotEd @AlanGrayson bit.ly/MVQF6c #Obamacare #ACA #Die
— Nam Vet™ (@VFW_Vet) June 27, 2012
1 lonely protester @scotus today he's with the tea party & said he's waiting for the rest of his regiment #aca twitter.com/Arianedevogue/…
— Ariane de Vogue (@Arianedevogue) June 27, 2012
Be sure to visit YLS website tomorrow and follow us here for faculty comments on #SCOTUS #healthcare ruling bit.ly/M5aJ7T
— Yale Law School (@YaleLawSch) June 27, 2012
Tomorrow, nine people who get free government healthcare will let us know what the rest of us get.via @BorowitzReport #scotus
— adjordan (@adjordan) June 27, 2012
As InTrade is flooded with gamblers betting against #Obamacare, @aseitzwald breaks down all possible #SCOTUS scenarios salon.com/2012/06/27/rol…
— Salon.com (@Salon) June 27, 2012
Justice Scalia: Devout Catholic, cafeteria constitutionalist salon.com/2012/06/27/tha… via @Salon
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) June 27, 2012
MT @GarrettNBCNews: Romney on #SCOTUS decision on Obamacare: "my guess is they're not sleeping very well at the White House tonight"
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 27, 2012
god forbid WH might lose sleep worrying about whether Americans will die at the hands of the Supreme Court, @MittRomney
— Karoli (@Karoli) June 27, 2012
RT @ChrisLaibleFN Romney says if SCOTUS upholds Affordable Care Act "its still bad policy" and he will repeal and replace it
— Wes Barrett (@wesbarrett) June 27, 2012
@medillonthehill How @PressSec says @BarackObama will hear abt #healthcare: "We turn on televisions, radios, computers & watch SCOTUS blog."
— Shaina Humphries (@ShainaHumphries) June 27, 2012
Best SCOTUS strategy I've heard:"at 10:30 tomorrow we’re going to be drinking no matter what happens" politico.pro/OuNxA0
— J Lester Feder (@JLesterFeder) June 27, 2012
Interestingly, Murdoch interview on Fox Biz to take place in same hour SCOTUS opinion on health care overhaul expected to be released.
— David Folkenflik (@davidfolkenflik) June 27, 2012
For those of you who don't follow politics, just think of Obamacare as a Porsche and the Supreme Court as Lindsay Lohan.
— Author JP Obienugh (@JP_Obienugh) June 27, 2012
RT @InGodIDoTrust This just in. President Obama abolishes the Supreme Court by Executive Order.Film at 11:00 #tcot #gop 3foxnews #lol
— LoriGirl (@conservtivemom) June 27, 2012
SCOTUS Eve. Putting out milk & cookies. I can't wait to find out what Commerce Claus brings me!
— delrayser (@delrayser) June 28, 2012
No matter the ruling by SCOTUS on the Healthcare bill Americans need single payer #MedicareForAll #fb
— Richard Hartwell (@rahartwell) June 28, 2012
Tomorrow will either feel like my birthday or like my dog died.#FastandFurious #SCOTUS
— Maeghan (@maeghanwhispers) June 28, 2012
Big day for #SCOTUS tomorrow. Either way, 9-0 vote that social media will explode w/ irrational rejoicing & rage #otherSCOTUSpredictions
— Dylan McLemore (@voiceofD) June 28, 2012
The policy wonks were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of #SCOTUS rulings danced in their heads. #ACA #gametime
— Ross White (@rossswhite) June 28, 2012
Tomorrow, SCOTUS announces that the Jedi have rebelled against the senate.
— hansenne3 (@hansenne3) June 28, 2012
Low Information Voters across the country are giddy about the opportunity to support a vote against their own interests. #SCOTUS
— WhatsamattaUTE (@Whatsamattaute) June 28, 2012
No matter what SCOTUS rules tomorrow it will take @mittRomney 120 hours to recite his handlers' opinion.
— Eric (@diggaduh) June 28, 2012
Scalia discloses that his #ACA opinions were developed while hanging out with Rush Limbaugh drinking piña colada #otherSCOTUSpredictions
— Roshan Paudel (@RoshanPaudel) June 28, 2012
Supreme Court founded in 1790. People lived to be 35 then. Should we rethink this "job for life" business?
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) June 28, 2012
No matter what the Supreme Court says in the morning, they can't alter this 1 truth: It is blatantly immoral 2 profit off someone's illness.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 28, 2012
Why tomorrow is shaping up to be 'one of the ugliest days' in the history of #SCOTUS theatln.tc/Mr1JHA
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) June 28, 2012
I spent a great deal of time vetting Justice Roberts in making my recommendation to President [George W.] Bush that he appoint Chief Justice Roberts to the court. One of the traits I most admired about him, and this is very consistent in his judicial decision making, is to decide decisions on the most narrow grounds possible, to not get to constitutional issues you don't have to in order to dispose of a dispute....So in that respect, I expect Justice Roberts to follow that approach in deciding this case.
That may mean, that he's going to be pushing the court to perhaps not make a decision on this case, wait until 2015, when the penalties on individual mandate come into play....Perhaps the chief justice is not going to go that way, but I wouldn't be surprised if he did.
~ Ex-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on CNN, quoted by Politico
T-minus 8.5 hours to the Supreme Court decision! WE THE PEOPLE are responding with a live townhall at 7pm EST to whatever decision is made
— TheTeaParty.net (@TheTeaParty_net) June 28, 2012
The #SCOTUS seems like a really out of touch, ineffectual body. But I could just be speaking for the 99% here.
— Jon Paxton (@JonPaxton) June 28, 2012
'Twas the night before SCOTUS and all through the house, not a creature was stirring because they all died from a lack of health care.
— Matt Binder (@MattBinder) June 28, 2012
Hopefully tomorrow the conservatives on SCOTUS don't induce the apocalypse. But I wouldn't put that past Thomas and Scalia.
— Marshall Flores (@TheGoogooboo) June 28, 2012
I think that behind the velvet curtains, surrounded by the topless Justice statues, The Roberts Court is doing *Rock, Paper, Scissors*
— Tengrain (@Tengrain) June 28, 2012
When the Tea Party chants “pay for it yourself” in front of #SCOTUS I pray they never get #Cancer and need health insurance #Obama #DEM #p2
— Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) June 28, 2012
"What's the frequency, Kenneth?" Do Supremes "sell-out" the people, or is it "A Scheme Deferred"?
— Neill Roy (@Nverdad) June 28, 2012
The 'Tea Party' Supreme Court: How Conservatives Turned the Highest Court in the Land Partisan. bit.ly/LOSznF #supremes #politics
— Gary Denton (@EasterLemming) June 28, 2012
Crazy scene at SCOTUS this morning! twitter.com/indyakincannon…— Indya Kincannon (@indyakincannon) June 28, 2012
NPR correspondent: On steps of the Supreme Ct-both sides pile in, circus-like atmsphre, Battle Hymn of the Republic playng in bkgrnd #SCOTUS— Jessica Chen (@JessicaQChen) June 28, 2012
PSA: POTUS = our nation's president. SCOTUS = Supreme Court. BOTUS = the White House dog.— Anne Hjortshoj (@annesaurus) June 28, 2012
It would be sort of neat if #scotus used smoke signals, like the Vatican (though Scalia's dissents would be angry little black puffs).— Sam Seaborn (@SamSeaborn) June 28, 2012
One hour until #SCOTUS.— Jamie(@jamiej01) June 28, 2012
SCOTUS insider reports on Chief Justice Roberts's morning instructions to the justices: "At my signal, unleash hell."— Joshua Treviño (@jstrevino) June 28, 2012
Broccoli for breakfast RT @kelleher_: SCOTUS has already overturned my stomach.— Hannah Neprash (@hannahneprash) June 28, 2012
Everyone ready to hear how SCOTUS is a broken, out-of-touch, corrupt institution? In 30 minutes, that will be 50% of America's opinion— Greg Koenig (@gak_pdx) June 28, 2012
I hope the #SCOTUS Season finale is better than the end of LOST.— Michael Williams (@RealMichaelW) June 28, 2012
So many chants at SCOTUS. Protesters yelling, "Constitution matters" "throw the law out it's all gotta go" "obamacare = economic slavery"— Lauren Blanchard (@LaurenBlanch12) June 28, 2012
Decision on Obama Care likely in the next 25 minutes or so.#SCOTUS— DaveKight (@DaveKight) June 28, 2012
Scotus Blog entertain ? 's why the WH Motorcade just left the White House. Would be shocked if Obama is making appearance & we would not knw— Opinionated Catholic (@Opinionatedcath) June 28, 2012
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Just met a nice couple here from Arkansas who just showed up to get a SCOTUS tour. Probably not the best day for that.— Kate Sheppard (@kate_sheppard) June 28, 2012
Prediction: in an unexpectedly broad ruling SCOTUS also strikes down medicare, rural electrification, puppies, and summertime.— rkerth (@rkerth) June 28, 2012
#SCOTUS invalidates Stolen Valor Act, but Congress may be able to rewrite the statute.— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 28, 2012
Breaking News!!!! It's Confusing!!!!!!!
So CNN and Fox say it's struck down. SCOTUS blog says it survives... WHAT IS IT?!— Jenny Daly (@jennybdaly) June 28, 2012
#SCOTUS has upheld the individual mandate that most Americans must obtain health insurance, or pay penalty— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) June 28, 2012
In spite of over-eager journalists giving conflicting reports, it is clear that SCOTUS has upheld healthcare mandate. washingtonpost.com/politics/supre…— Denny Burk (@DennyBurk) June 28, 2012
CNN with a monumental reporting failure. "SCOTUS STRUCK DOWN THE HEALTH CARE BILL!" "...correction, SCOTUS upholds literally everything..."— Grant Salzano (@Salzano14) June 28, 2012