Congressman John Larson (D-Connecticut) dismissed concerns on Tuesday that the U.S. Supreme Court will declare the president’s signature health care law unconstitutional. Mr. Larson, the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House, said that he was “rather confident” that the justices would not strike down the law.
“I feel rather confident,” he said, “that they’re going to rule in favor of the constitutionality because there’s so much at stake here.”
By implying that the Supreme Court’s concerns should be “what’s at stake,” rather than the more singular focus of whether the law is constitutional, Congressman Larson appears to be engaging in the same verbal manipulations as President Obama who, earlier this week, began an attack on the justices even months before their decision over the constitutionality of the law is to be announced.
Of the impending Supreme Court decision, President Obama said he hoped the High Court would “not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress." He added that, should the Court strike down the law, it would be engaging in “judicial activism.” Later, the president also said that the Supreme Court should consider a "human element" at play within his law.
Similarly, Congressman Larson said that if the law “is struck down it will be a sorry day for America, but more importantly for so many people who will be disadvantaged by it.”
“This is vitally important to so many Americans, especially when it comes to pre-existing conditions, when it comes to women’s health care, when it comes to our senior population and the ability to close the doughnut hole, and for children to be able to stay on the policy until age 26,” Larson said. “I hope that the Supreme Court rules the right way.”
Both President Obama and Congressman Larson continue the Democrats’ traditional method of “circular semantics” in manipulating unthinking Americans. They warn of the High Court justices playing at “judicial activism,” but then demand that they do just that. The Supreme Court should be unconcerned with the manner in which the health care bill was made a law (though the president outright lied about its passage by a “strong majority”), or who is affected by the law or the striking down of the law. The Court’s job is to decide if the law is constitutional. That is “the right way,” Congressman Larson. To do otherwise could be construed as judicial activism.