Rove: Health care ruling is a ‘boost’ for Obama

By David Edwards
Thursday, June 28, 2012 11:10 EDT
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Karl Rove reacts to health care ruling
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Republican strategist Karl Rove appeared devastated on Thursday as he was forced to declared that the Supreme Court had given President Barack Obama a “boost” when they refused to strike down his health care reform law.

“It would be an extraordinary step,” Rove, appearing to be partially in denial, told Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer just after the court’s decision was handed down. “I mean, the court tosses it out on the grounds that it was sold to the country on, that the government had the right to compel everybody to purchase insurance as a condition of being alive and instead upholds it on the basis that the administration was unwilling to make at the time, which is this is a tax.”

“If this is actually the decision, it’s a boost for the president,” he added softly. “But it doesn’t make the controversy go away. In fact, it probably enhances the controversy.”

The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision on Thursday ruled that the Affordable Care Act — including the mandate that individuals be forced to buy insurance — was constitutional.

Watch this video from Fox News, broadcast June 28, 2012.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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