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Bradley: Despite strategy, Obama prevails in high court

Thu, 28 Jun 2012 15:30:56 CDT
By: Willis Kern

Bradley: Despite strategy, Obama prevails in high court A retired ISU professor and Supreme Court expert says today's ruling upholding key aspects of President Obama's health care law could turn the tide politically on at least one side of the aisle. Bob Bradley says he expects Republicans to continue hammering away at what they perceive as the program's faults, but he says Democrats have a key opportunity to embrace the law after running from it when it began to be politically unattractive.


Bradley says the administration initially argued the law was constitutional under the taxing clause, but later shifted to the commerce clause standard where it centered most of its case.


Bradley says the taxation clause helped save so-called "Obamacare."


Bradley says he was surprised Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the majority in casting the tie breaking vote. He says the Obama administration may have benefited from a strategic move when they shifted during hearings on the law. Bradley says the administration ditched the tax clause constitutionality argument only after public support for the law started waning. He says that original support may have actually saved the program.


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