Can Obama possibly win a three-front war on ObamaCare?

Sure, the White House won a big legal victory. But now they face fierce political foes in the Tea Party, GOP governors, and the Catholic Church

Edward Morrissey

Normally, when a president wins a big case at the Supreme Court, his administration takes an extended victory lap. That may be even truer when the vote breaks down in unexpected ways, as it did last Thursday on the court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act on a 5-4 vote with conservative Chief Justice Roberts siding with the liberals. Expectations had run high that the court would overturn the individual mandate at the core of the ACA, and perhaps the entire bill, based on the direction and tone that oral arguments took in March. Instead, President Obama scored a surprising and near-total victory. One would have expected to hear a lot of triumphal cheering from the West Wing.

Instead, the White House seemed to downplay the win. Obama gave a short statement a couple of hours after the decision came out, but otherwise remained quiet about his health-care plan. By Sunday, Obama's chief of staff Jack Lew insisted that Republicans needed to change the subject, and that voters had no interest in debating ObamaCare all over again.

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Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey has been writing about politics since 2003 in his blog, Captain's Quarters, and now writes for His columns have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, The New York Sun, the Washington Times, and other newspapers. Morrissey has a daily Internet talk show on politics and culture at Hot Air. Since 2004, Morrissey has had a weekend talk radio show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and often fills in as a guest on Salem Radio Network's nationally-syndicated shows. He lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his wife, son and daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters. Morrissey's new book, GOING RED, will be published by Crown Forum on April 5, 2016.