The Supreme Court is set to deliver sometime after 10 a.m. on Thursday its ruling on President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare overhaul, his signature domestic policy achievement, in a historic case that could hand him a huge triumph or a stinging rebuke just over four months before he seeks re-election.
Chief Justice John Roberts and his fellow justices could side with President Obama and allow the law to take root as intended by Congress.
However, the Supreme Court may elect to overturn the entire law, or just components of it, according to The Huff Post, and in the process destroy or at least derail the most ambitious effort ever taken to address the shortcomings of the American health care system.
The law is aimed to provide medical insurance to more than 30 million previously uninsured Americans and to slow down soaring medical costs.
The U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other nation, but about 50 million of the roughly 310 million Americans have no insurance at all, writes Reuters.
According to the recent poll released, 37% of Americans say they would be pleased if the health care law is deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
Twenty-eight percent say they would be pleased if the Affordable Care Act is ruled constitutional, the NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey showed, compared to 35% who said they would be disappointed if the court came back with that outcome.
President Barack Obama seeks re-election on November 6 against Republican challenger Mitt Romney, who has called for scrapping the law and replacing it with other measures even though he championed a similar approach at the state level as Massachusetts governor.
Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, told supporters in Virginia on Tuesday: “If Obamacare is not deemed constitutional, then the first three and a half years of this president’s term will have been wasted on something that has not helped the American people.”
According to CNN, Romney said: “If it is deemed to stand, then I’ll tell you one thing. Then we’ll have to have a president — and I’m that one — that’s gonna get rid of Obamacare. We’re gonna stop it on day one.”
President Obama and fellow Democrats expended a great deal of energy and political capital in securing congressional passage of the measure over unified Republican opposition.
Obama defended his health care law as the way forward for the American people speaking to supporters in Atlanta Tuesday.
“They understand we don’t need to re-fight this battle over health care,” the president said.
“It’s the right thing to do that we’ve got 3 million young people who are on their parent’s health insurance plans that didn’t have it before. It’s the right thing to do to give seniors discounts on their prescription drugs. It’s the right thing to do to give 30 million Americans health insurance that didn’t have it before.”
It is known that President Obama will learn how the Supreme Court rules on his flagship healthcare law from watching the news, and won’t get any advance word on the opinion.
Asked where the president will be when the highly anticipated decision is announced on Thursday morning, White House spokesman Jay Carney said: “In my office.”
Jay Carney also told reporters Tuesday that the administration is “confident that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, in keeping with decades of precedent under the Commerce Clause. We continue to implement the law accordingly, and we are ready for the Supreme Court’s decision, whatever it may be.”