Sen. Ben Nelson turns a phrase normally used to criticize liberal judges against the conservatives on the United States Supreme Court in anticipating their rejection of the federal healthcare law.
You could call it a pre-emptive strike as the senator lashes out at the Supreme Court, anticipating its rejection of the healthcare law that passed in 2010. Nelson, a Democrat, cast the crucial vote to approve the overhaul of the nation’s health insurance industry, a priority of President Obama. Nelson expects the Supreme Court to overturn the law.
“And many expect this activist court will strike down part or all of health reform,” Nelson tells reporters during a conference call.
Nelson has increasingly used the word “activist” to criticize the Supreme Court in anticipation of an adverse ruling on the healthcare law. Conservatives often use the phrase “activist judges” to criticize liberal judges who they view as exceeding their constitutional boundaries to write law, not rule on it.
Nelson, a lawyer, insists the federal healthcare is constitutional, an assertion he says is bolstered by a recent survey of constitutional law professors conducted by Bloomberg News.
“Most everybody is expecting, including those legal professors, constitutional law professors, believe that it will be about their ideologically-driven ideas, rather than about the law. That’s activism,” Nelson states.
The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its ruling this morning.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]