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Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. Delivers Obamacare’s Eulogy

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Obama should have used a court appointed attorney…

Mother Jones

Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. should be grateful to the Supreme Court for refusing to allow cameras in the courtroom, because his defense of Obamacare on Tuesday may go down as one of the most spectacular flameouts in the history of the court.

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Stepping up to the podium, Verrilli stammered as he began his argument. He coughed, he cleared his throat, he took a drink of water. And that was before he even finished the first part of his argument. Sounding less like a world-class lawyer and more like a teenager giving an oral presentation for the first time, Verrilli delivered a rambling, apprehensive legal defense of liberalism’s biggest domestic accomplishment since the 1960s—and one that may well have doubled as its eulogy.

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  1. Anonymous

    March 28th, 2012

    If he did a masterful job and enabled Obamacare to survive its SC scrutiny, he would be vilified for ages.

    It’s not over until 9 canaries chirp in defense of the US Constitution. There are at least 4 anti-American canaries.

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  2. Jethro

    March 28th, 2012

    It’s like Verilli knew he was defending a lost cause, or he never believed in it in the first place. Maybe he pulled an Grinch, and his heart grew three sizes that day…

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  3. Anonymous

    March 28th, 2012

    I don’t think that there’s any meaningful way to defend Obamacare unless you’re talking to an audience of utopian Socialists (Marxists, Communists etc)

    To anyone who is even slightly opposed to the idea of a “Leviathan” government, Obamacare is indefensible.

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  4. persecutor

    March 28th, 2012

    After over twenty years in practice and more than a few appellate appearances, you can never figure how a court will rule by the questions asked. It’s been a hot bench for the past three days, as was to be expected; June will tell.

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  5. Kek

    March 28th, 2012

    This speaks volumes as MotherJones is a libtard rag.

    This whole episode makes a tear run down my leg.

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  6. Stirrin the B.S.

    March 28th, 2012

    I’m with Persecutor – it aint over ’til the fat judge rules.

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  7. TooMuchTime

    March 28th, 2012

    Obamacare defenders would have to explain to the justices why allowing the government to compel individuals to buy insurance did not mean that the government could make individuals buy anything -— (say, broccoli or health club memberships, both of which Scalia mentioned).

    Duh! Come on, libtards! Get with the program! If the gov’t can force me to buy healthcare and fine me if I don’t, then what’s to stop them from forcing me to only buy my electricty from “renewable” sources? If they did that, it would destroy the oil, coal, and gas industries. Think about that, libtards! When the gov’t forces you do buy something provided by the gov’t and fines you if you don’t, the result is economic destruction! What makes you think that won’t happen with the healthcare mandate?

    Schmucks.

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  8. serfer62

    March 28th, 2012

    Remember all 4 Kommiecrats were made possible by orin hatch of Utah…may he burn in Hell

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  9. Nunya

    March 28th, 2012

    Does anyone with a brain believe that Ozero will let the SCOTUS striking this down keep him from mandating his crap legislation anyway? This is a usurper who has already bypassed We The People, Congress, and the Constitution itself in order to get his godless commie theiving socialist way…

    “Good” thing Hussein the Dicktator took control of everything last week huh? Silly Americans and our rules of law…

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  10. Nunya

    March 28th, 2012

    @ TMT: they don’t care; libturds who screeched the loudest for Obamascare have already granted themselves a waiver from it

    Leftwing pregressive socialism is a cancer that must be destroyed

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  11. Blue Highway

    March 28th, 2012

    Lefties minds are quagmires of contradiction. Moreover, they are too stupid to see it, even in the most striking cases. Their argument for Obamacare is that people must be forced to buy health insurance because otherwise those who have it will continue to foot the bill for the have-nots. This, in view of the fact that the same lefties presently force those who pay taxes to provide for those who pay no taxes even as they wail that those paying don’t contribute a “fair” share.

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  12. Boobie the Racist Dog

    March 28th, 2012

    I do NOT care for an obamarrhoid trial lawyer being addressed as “General.”

    Nosir.

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  13. Wyatt, Insensitive Jerk

    March 28th, 2012

    Oral argument at the appellate level is little more than just a show. Yes, justices ask questions, but the majority of the legal arguments have already been thoroughly briefed. Sometimes, and only sometimes, one can discern what the justices are thinking or where they are leaning by the questions asked; but many have already made up their minds.

    What I found more telling about this process is the Supreme Court asking for briefing on the severability issue. If there was little or no doubt that the Supreme Court would uphold the mandate, severability would not be in play.

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  14. Rincar

    March 28th, 2012

    I believe the situation a little more complicated than it is presented by the media. As an example, I have a friend that, ironically, dropped his health insurance because he developed a heart condition and has diabetes. His rate was $2600.00/month. At his income, it was either drop insurance or stop eating. When his somewhat inevitable crisis occurs, the hospital emergency room must treat him by law and you and I will pay the bill by way of exhorbitant charges by the hospital on our bills. So lemme see here, it’s unconstitutional to force him to buy insurance, but why it is constitutional to force us to pay his healthcare costs when this nonpayer has his crisis?

    Seems to me that if someone can’t pay their bill, the hospital shouldn’t have to treat him. What do you think?

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  15. FreeMan - Fire Cracker

    March 28th, 2012

    He looks like Snidely Whiplash.

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  16. Blue Highway

    March 28th, 2012

    Rincar, I think the hospital should bill the patient and then follow the same collection avenues that a bank or finance company would when debtors don’t make payments. The only reason we end up paying the bill is because the hospitals have no collateral to sieze if the patient defaults on the debt. Not an easy solution. But a gov’ment takeover is the worst solution possible.

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  17. FreeMan - Fire Cracker

    March 28th, 2012

    Verrilli is a silly

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  18. FreeMan - Fire Cracker

    March 28th, 2012

    Silly Verrilli

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  19. Chuck U Farley

    March 28th, 2012

    @Wyatt – totally agree with your assessment. I said the same thing – why argue severability if the mandate’s in play?

    Hope we’re both right and this monstrosity crashes and burns.

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  20. HokeyPokey

    March 29th, 2012

    People in favor of BOzoCare don’t understand the ruin it will bring to America financially. I see other scenarios also. Those club cards you use at the food store for instance, if the gov’t decides it wants access to those databases gov’t then knows what you buy. “Hmmmm, Mr. John Q. Public we see you bought beef and ice cream, we’re not sure we can pay your doctor bill. You’re not very responsible.”

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