Bill Clinton: Supreme Court Health Care Arguments ‘Unusually Politicized’

Former President Bill Clinton said the Supreme Court health care arguments were politicized and described the legal challenge as short on merits, long on politics.

“It was an unusually politicized discussion, I thought,” Clinton told MSNBC in a Monday interview. “To me, it’s hard to take the constitutional argument seriously, so I think there’s a little more politics.”

“I don’t think it was unconstitutional in any way, shape or form,” he added. “Even in the 1790s, George Washington mandated that shipping companies insure their employees, he signed a bill mandating that able-bodied citizens have firearms in their home because they thought the British were coming again, John Adams signed a bill to mandate that individual seamen have hospitalization insurance.”

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Sahil Kapur is TPM's senior congressional reporter and Supreme Court correspondent. His articles have been published in the Huffington Post, The Guardian and The New Republic. Email him at sahil@talkingpointsmemo.com and follow him on Twitter at @sahilkapur.
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