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The Ethically and Legally Questionable Campaign to Promote Obamacare

, The Legal Intelligencer

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When U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in June 2012 threaded the constitutional needle to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — more commonly known as Obamacare — by finding that its individual mandate to purchase health insurance, invalid under the commerce clause, was acceptable as a tax, he undoubtedly recognized that the battle over health reform was a significant policy debate that was best to play out in the political realm.

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  • KEngle

    MJnevetS, It is certainly prudent to examine someone's history to evaluate their credibility in cases in which what they are saying is not immediately able to be verified as true or false--where they are actually asking you to trust their opinion. However, in this case, Mr. Coffina is not expressing mere opinion. What he's summarizing here can be easily verified as true or not. Your ad hominen attack, by comparison, essentially boils down to: people shouldn't listen to Mr. Coffina because you don't like him. I find that argument a little weak personally. If you can point out something here that you can show is not true, though, I'd be interested in learning that.

  • MJnevetS

    Mr. Coffina was involved in defending the Bush administration's conduct which mired this country in the ill advised war in Iraq; he also defended the Bush Administration's illegal decisions to fire eight U.S. attorneys and also defended its electronic eavesdropping. While everyone is entitled to their opinions, before I accept someone's opinion, I like to know whether their background makes their opinion trustworthy with regard to the subject matter. When somebody who is so partisan and who defended egregious misconduct from a past administration talks about what is ethically and legally questionable, I'll take that with a grain of salt, in fact, I'll take the whole salt shaker!

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