At the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Wednesday night, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) insisted that the health care reform law was unconstitutional, regardless of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling.
“When the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, the first words out of my mouth were: I still think it is unconstitutional,” he said. “The leftwing blogs were merciless. Even my wife said, ‘can’t you please count to ten before you speak?’ So, I’ve had time now to count to ten and, you know what? I still think it’s unconstitutional.”
“Do you think Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas have changed their minds?” he added. “I think if James Madison himself — the father of the Constitution — were here today he would agree with me: The whole damn thing is still unconstitutional.”
Chief Justice John Roberts earlier this year disagreed that individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act was constitutional under the Commerce Clause, but ruled the mandate was allowable under Congress’s taxing power.
Following the ruling, Paul said that just because the Supreme Court declared the law constitutional “does not make it so.”
In its landmark 1803 Marbury v. Madison decision, the high court established the precedent for judicial review under Article III of the Constitution, allowing the Judicial Branch to decide which laws were constitutional.
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