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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Obama To Avoid Celebrating Obamacare

By Susan Duclos

The Hill reports that as Obamacare hits the spotlight again with the Supreme Court hearing challenges to it's constitutionality this month and the anniversary of it's being signed into law just days away, Barack Obama will avoid talking about it even to defend it against a population who still believe by an overwhelming majority that portions of the healthcare law are unconstitutional.

Republicans are jumping on the news pointing out if Obama is so proud of his "signature accomplishment" he should own it.

Meanwhile, Republicans seem to be fanning the flames.

“If the president is so proud of his signature policy initiative he should own it and continue campaigning on it,” said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. “Instead, the White House is attempting to distance themselves from the president’s namesake because it’s clear Americans believe ObamaCare is making healthcare worse instead of better.”

Meanwhile, in a separate The Hill article, they describe the frenzied "circus-like" atmosphere surrounding the upcoming healthcare battle in the Supreme Court and how it has already reached historic proportions.

The frenzy generated by the Supreme Court’s arguments on the healthcare reform law next week is likely to dwarf anything the court has ever seen.

Lawmakers and interest groups plan to stage protests and events outside the court nearly nonstop, creating a circus-like atmosphere for a case that could redefine the limits of federal power.

A throng of lawyers and reporters, meanwhile, are practically beating down the court’s doors to try and secure a seat inside the chamber to witness the historic arguments on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Many legal experts say the ruling on the healthcare law could be one of the most consequential in the court’s history. The oral arguments in the case are the longest in 45 years, and the legal and political stakes are enormous. The court is expected to deliver its ruling in June, just months before the presidential election.

All of those factors are feeding a media frenzy that has already reached historic proportions, according to Drexel University law professor Lisa McElroy.

“This is just unprecedented. The only thing that even compares is maybe Bush v. Gore,” she said, referring to the 2000 case that helped settle the presidential election. “This is going to be on a scale we’ve never seen before.”

The Supreme Court will hear arguments of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare, cases on March 26, 27, and 28. Because of the extraordinary public interest in those cases, the Court will provide the audio recordings and transcripts of the oral arguments on an expedited basis through the Court's Website.