Rick Scott Predicts "Obamacare" Will Be a Loser in the Supreme Court -- Is He Right?
Yesterday, Gov. Rick Scott made a visit to the Palm Beach Post editorial board and predicted that the challenge of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act raised by Florida and 25 other states would win in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Arguments before the Supreme Court won't take place until March, but Scott said yesterday, "It's not the law of the land. I don't believe it will ever be the law of the land."
He's already issued a statement on the lawsuit since the Supreme Court agreed to hear it, of course, arguing it was about jobs twice in his brief release.
"With this news, I am hopeful that ObamaCare will be repealed by the end of 2012 and we can put a stop to further tax increases, additional job losses, the inability of many Americans to keep their existing health insurance, and the rationing of healthcare, all of which ObamaCare threatens to do," Scott says. "I applaud Attorney General Pam Bondi for leading the effort to protect Floridians' freedom to make their own healthcare choices and I am also grateful that former Attorney General Bill McCollum had the foresight to initiate this lawsuit."
While there's some debate over whether the Supreme Court's striking down the individual mandate portion would gut the whole law, that's not what we're interested in -- we want our readers to predict whether the governor is right in saying, "I don't believe [Obamacare] will ever be the law of the land."
Given the fact that the governor has as many victories in constitutional courts as FAU has won football games this year -- zero -- it doesn't seem that hard to bet against him.
Scott also told the Post yesterday that yes, "of course" he will follow the law if it's upheld by the Supreme Court.
So let's hear from you: Will "Obamacare" become the law of the land after the Supreme Court decision?
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