There are some who believe the Supreme Court striking down the Affordable Health Care Act, aka Obamacare, will actually help President Obama’s reelection to a second term.
Clearly-it’s understandable why some feel that should the Supreme Court reject the legislative centerpiece of President Obama’s first term in the White House, it would be damaging to Obama. The year long health care reform process would be seen in retrospect as a massive waste of time and incompetently executed, with the chief bulwark upon which the law stands-the individual mandate-cited as unconstitutional. The verdict? Some would see Obama as being ineffective in getting things done, and squandering resources (political capital) in the process.
But what are pundits saying about an Obamacare flameout actually helping President Obama’s reelection ambitions?
Peter Boyer of the Daily Beast said Republicans would lose their most animating issue and free Obama from the burden of having to mount a “broad defense of his health-care plan” during his re-election campaign.
Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post frames the possibility that the Supreme Court ruling may provide Obama’s reelection campaign with a target to focus on: running against the Supreme Court.
Cillizza notes that the Supreme Court has reached 25-year lows in positive ratings, and that in April, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found, “50 percent of registered voters said that the justices were likely to decide the heath care case based on their “partisan political views,” while 40 percent said the Court would rule “on the basis of the law”.
Frank Rich and James Carville offered a plausible outlay of the political aftermath of Obamacare being struck down: Republicans will have to come up with an alternative or risk owning all the negativity associated with skyrocketing health care prices and the callous inefficiencies that plague our American health care system-which is viewed by many people in other modern democratic nations as an elitist health care system that only caters to those of means.
It remains to be seen whether the SCOTUS ruling will help or hurt Obama, but come November it may not even be on the radar anymore.
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner promised to repeal any provisions in the Affordable Health Care act that the Supreme Court doesn’t strike down, in the event of the highest court solely isolating on the individual mandate’s constitutionality.