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“For years what we’ve heard is the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism or the lack of judicial restraint, that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law,” Mr. Obama said after meeting at the White House with the leaders of Mexico and Canada beats by dre studio.
“Well, there’s a good example,” he continued, “and I’m pretty confident that this court will recognize that, and not take that step.”
During three days of Supreme Court hearings on the case last week, the aggressive tenor of questions from several justices suggested that the law’s central provision — the individual mandate — was in jeopardy. Some justices appeared to be looking for practical solutions if they invalidated all or parts of the law.
A ruling is expected in June, which would thrust the health care case into the thick of the presidential campaign. Mr. Obama, appearing to recognize that the law could be struck down, extolled its practical benefits and framed a case that could be used against the Supreme Court in an election-year debate.
The law’s constitutionality, the president said, had been affirmed by legal scholars across the political spectrum, as well as by two conservative appeals court judges. It was passed by the House, 219 to 212, largely along party lines.
Mr. Obama said the legislation had brought affordable health care to 2.5 million young people, easing the burden on their parents, and had reduced the cost of prescription drugs for millions of older people louis vuitton outlet.
“This is not an abstract argument,” he said. “People’s lives are affected by the lack of availability of health care, the unaffordability of health care, or their inability to get health care because of preexisting conditions.”
“There is not only an economic element to this and a legal element to this, but there is a human element to this,” said the president, who appeared in the Rose Garden, flanked by President Felipe Calderón of Mexico and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada. “I hope that’s not forgotten in the political debate louis vuitton shoes.”
Mr. Obama has not hesitated to challenge the Supreme Court before. In his State of the Union address in 2010, with several stone-faced justices sitting in the audience, he harshly criticized the court’s decision in the Citizens United campaign finance case, saying it would “open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections Louis vuitton handbags.”
Mr. Obama’s response on health care overshadowed a news conference that touched on trade ties between the United States, Mexico and Canada, and American efforts to help louis vuitton bags 2012 Mexico combat drug-related violence.
The United States, the president said, needed to help Mexico both as a good neighbor and out of self-interest. Rampant drug-related violence south of the border, he said, could have a “spillover effect” on Americans living in or visiting Mexico, and could have “a deteriorating effect overall on the nature of our relationship.”
Mr. Calderón blamed much of the violence on the steady flow of guns from the United States to Mexico. He also disputed that Mexico was alone in its problems, claiming that the rate of homicides per hundred thousand inhabitants in Washington is substantially greater than that of any big Mexican city Louis Vuitton bags.
President Obama was in South Korea for a nuclear security summit when the Supreme Court began hearing the health care case. But he followed it closely, administration officials said, reading a summary of the oral arguments on the flight home and discussing the case with his White House counsel.
On Monday, Mr. Obama rejected the idea that the individual mandate cheap Louis vuitton handbags could be struck down without crippling the whole law. “I think the justices should understand that, in the absence of an individual mandate, you cannot have a mechanism to insure that people with pre-existing conditions can actually get health care,” he said.
The White House has insisted it is not developing contingency plans if the law is struck down. While a negative ruling would be a major symbolic defeat for the president, it is not clear how it would affect his re-election bid.
Public opinion toward the law is split, but a senior administration official lv bags said on Monday that only Republicans supported repealing it altogether. Another senior official noted that Mr. Obama himself initially opposed the individual mandate, before concluding that it would help curb cost increases in health care.
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