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Obama: Size of majority means health care is constitutional

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In his press conference on Monday, President Obama said he was confident the Supreme Court will uphold his health care law because it was passed by “a strong majority” in Congress.

Mr. Obama defended the law, saying it was helping average Americans, and then said it would be “unprecedented” for the court to overturn it.

“Ultimately, I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress,” he said.

The health-care law passed the Senate on Christmas Eve 2009, 60-39, powered by Democrats’ overwhelming majority in the chamber. No Republicans supported the legislation. Then, in March 2010, Democratic leaders pushed the bill through the House by a more narrow margin, 219-212, again not winning any Republican votes.

The president, who taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago, said he expects the court to defer to the will of elected officials in this case — and said that’s the same argument conservatives usually make.

“For years what we’ve heard is the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint, that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and — and passed law. Well, there’s a good example, and I’m pretty confident that this — this court will recognize that and not take that step,” Mr. Obama said.

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