Misplaced Blame on ObamaCare's Fate
David Savage of the Los Angeles Times seems to blame the Solicitor General's voice:
"His (Solicitor General Don Verrilli) worst moment came as he rose to defend President Obama's health care law and its requirement that all Americans have health insurance or pay a tax penalty. His voice sounding weak, Verrilli paused after his second sentence and coughed.
He was hoarse. He took a sip of water, and it went down his windpipe. He couldn't get out a sound for a few seconds. You can imagine what that felt like," said Washington attorney Paul Smith, a friend and former law partner of Verrilli's."Frankly, if ObamaCare is struck down, it will be because of the Constitution, not Verrilli's voice. It's unfair to scapegoat Verrilli; the responsibility needs to be placed on those that wrote the 2,700 page bill. As was previously mentioned (see Judicial Activism & the Commerce Clause), the Constitution puts a limit on Congress’s powers, and the Commerce Clause does not give Congress the power to require Americans to buy health insurance. If you have a problem with those limits, blame the Founding Fathers.