By Alicia M. Cohn - 03/26/12 02:20 PM EDT
“I suspect they're going to rule it constitutional, but that is a big guess out of thin air,” Ron Paul said on Bloomberg Television. He said “this Supreme Court is slightly better than in the past, [but] they haven't done a real good job in defending the free market and the original intent of the Interstate Commerce Clause.”
The Commerce Clause is a key element in Democrats' argument supporting the healthcare bill’s individual mandate requiring Americans to buy health insurance. The individual mandate is one of the most widely panned aspects of the healthcare legislation for conservatives. Paul, a passionate critic of government mandates, has called the reform legislation an “unconstitutional monstrosity.”
Rick Santorum, another GOP White House hopeful, plans to appear in person Monday on the steps of the Supreme Court to express his opposition to the legislation.