House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) turned out to be right. The Supreme Court did find the healthcare law is constitutional.
Pelosi, along with many members of her party, had said repeatedly that the entire Affordable Care Act was “ironclad.”
“Nobody was frivolous with the Constitution and the health of the American people in writing the bill,” she said at a press conference on May 31. “That's where my confidence springs from: the merit of the bill and the nature of the Constitution.”
Had the decision not come down in the law's favor, Pelosi's remarks could have given her party the chance to hammer the court for trying to undermine President Obama ahead of November's election.
Vice President Biden, Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDraft House bill ignites new Yucca Mountain fight Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road MORE (D-Nev.), and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) also all predicted the Supreme Court would uphold the healthcare law.
Republicans, meanwhile, were much more reticent when asked to guess about the ruling.
Not one major Republican leader in Congress made a concrete prediction about what the court would do, according to a review by The Hill.
Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE (R-Ohio), House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorTrump nominates two new DOD officials Brat: New ObamaCare repeal bill has 'significant' changes Overnight Energy: Flint lawmaker pushes EPA for new lead rule MORE (R-Va.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellSchumer blocks one-week stopgap funding bill Overnight Finance: Dems explore lawsuit against Trump | Full-court press for Trump tax plan | Clock ticks down to spending deadline Hundreds of former EPA employees blast Trump on climate change MORE (R-Ky.) all begged off direct requests from journalists for their predictions.
A comment from Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) summed up the response heard most often from GOP lawmakers.
“I don’t think anybody can confidently predict how the court is likely to rule and so comments at this point are a little bit premature, I would say,” Kyl told reporters in March.
He added that he thought there was “a very strong argument” against the individual mandate, at least.
“We'll have to wait and see what the Supreme Court does,” BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE said at a weekly press conference on June 7.
“I'm not going to speculate on what the court will or won't do.”