AG Barr Shrugs at Possibility Obamacare is Thrown Out

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Trump regime recently shifted their support toward a legal effort to have the entire Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) thrown out in court and, if they're successful, it will be a human and economic catastrophe that could see tens of millions of people lose their coverage while tens of billions of dollars in economic activity disappears overnight.

But don't worry -- the fact that such an outcome is almost too crazy to consider means there's nothing to worry about according to Attorney General William Barr.

Barr appeared in front of the House Appropriations Committee this morning where he more or less shrugged at Democratic concerns.

From Bloomberg:

If you think it’s such an outrageous position, you have nothing to worry about,” Barr told Representative Matt Cartwright during testimony Tuesday before a House Appropriations panel. “Let the courts do their job.” [...]

Barr said he believes the Trump administration has “a legally defensible” position, adding at one point that “I’m a lawyer. I’m not in charge of health care.”

“Once you do away with the mandate, the rest of the statute cannot stand,” Barr said.

The idea that the attorney general is merely a lawyer and not responsible for the policies they support or oppose is disingenuous at best. The Justice Department routinely makes judgement calls that either hold up in court or get struck down and this is the ultimate judgement call.

Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA) asked Barr if he would ask the Supreme Court to issue a stay of their ruling if they strike down Affordable Care Act so Congress would have time to replace it, but Barr would not commit to that.

The only hope I have that the Supreme Court won't strike down the entire law is Chief Justice John Roberts' wish to not be remembered as the chief who killed thousands of people and the economy with one ruling.

  • Badgerite

    Of course he shrugs. Cover-Up Bill is too busy right now cutting out anything of substance from the Mueller Report.
    Priorities, priorities.

  • Badgerite

    Medicare for All. If we can afford to run up a whopping deficit for ‘tax cuts’ targeted to their ultra wealthy donor base and Wall Street then we can afford Medicare for All.

  • Karen Marie

    “Chief Justice John Roberts’ wish to not be remembered as the chief who killed thousands of people and the economy with one ruling.”

    People keep saying this but I have yet to see evidence of it.

    • JMAshby

      Obamacare has been in front of the Supreme Court twice already and Roberts sided with the liberal justices both times. That’s all we’ve got to go on in this specific case.

  • muselet

    Backpfeifengesicht (German – n) (colloquial) a face badly in need of a slap

    SEE: Barr, William Pelham


  • simpfan

    Republicanism in a nut shell: “it doesn’t affect me, so who cares?”

  • David Greenberg

    Another fat prick. What else can you say. He clearly doesn’t give a shit about this country and its people, nor how history will view him.

    • Nefercat

      He and trump, kindred spirits.

    • katanahamon

      They have their own history, support system, tv network, even economy..the right wing is fully insulated. They write their books, teach at their universities or go on to be lobbyists..etc etc. They think their own version of history fully vindicates whatever they do. Another reason any sense of bipartisanship has died.