“I always had confidence that the chief justice would be consistent with the views that he has expressed before,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi, who had predicted a 6-3 Supreme Court vote to uphold the healthcare law’s individual mandate, called the ruling “a total victory for the American people.” The court voted 5-4 to uphold the healthcare mandate, which requires people to purchase insurance or face a penalty.
When Karl said that the decision showed that Roberts was not leading the Supreme Court as far to the right as some might have feared, Pelosi was quick to jump in.
“I never feared on Justice Roberts,” Pelosi said. “I think that the justices by and large take every case by itself. I would not, then, project that the chief justice is going to be someplace else on another bill, on another case … I think they all take it one, objectively, one challenge at a time.”
She added, “I just really did not see how he could be inconsistent with his own writings unless that would be interpreted as something political.”
But while praising Roberts, Pelosi said she did not believe he deserved “credit for saving ObamaCare.”
Instead, Pelosi credited the survival of the bill to the way it was written. She called the Affordable Care Act a “market-oriented, private sector-oriented piece of legislation.”
When asked by Karl why it was proving unpopular, Pelosi laid the blame at the feet of insurance industry opposition and the problems Democrats had in promoting the bill.
“We have to sell it better,” Pelosi said.
When asked by Karl if “this battle [were] essentially over,” Pelosi indicated as much.
“I would certainly hope so. I hope we could just move to implementation.”