Schumer: ‘Drinking Water, Coughing’ Won’t Determine Fate Of ‘Obamacare’

Sen. Chuck Schumer told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie that the Supreme Court justices won’t decide the ‘Obamacare’ case on the basis of some stumbles by the government’s lawyer.

“Look, on the substance he had very good answers,” Schumer said Sunday on Meet The Press. “And you know, drinking water, coughing, that’s not going to affect these justices. They’ve been studying this case, and the precedents, and everything else for the last several months. They’ll be studying it for the next several months. And it’s the substance of the argument that matters.”

Guthrie played a clip of U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli sounding less than eloquent in the oral arguments before asking Schumer if he was satisfied with his performance.

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