A simple enough question, yet one that Democrats are fighting to keep off the 2020 census.
Now, it appears the conservative wing of SCOTUS (which generally outnumbers liberals 5-4 thanks to the addition of Brett Kavanaugh) has signaled their support.
Key U.S. Supreme Court justices seemed inclined to let the Trump administration add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census in a clash that will shape the allocation of congressional seats and federal dollars.
In an 80-minute argument Tuesday that was both technical and combative, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh directed almost all their questions to the lawyers challenging the decision to ask about citizenship. Kavanaugh said Congress gave the Commerce secretary “huge discretion” to decide what to ask on the census.
Opponents say a citizenship question could result in a census undercount in areas with large non-citizen populations that could shift congressional districts and federal funds away from those communities.
“There’s no doubt that people will respond less,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor said. “That’s been proven in study after study.”
The case is the court’s first direct look at an administration initiative since the justices upheld President Donald Trump’s travel ban last year. It will test the court’s willingness to defer to an administration that critics say has a penchant for cutting legal corners.
The Trump administration recently scored a major victory. Naturally, this means the American people are in good shape.
The news involves the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare’s fate may now be decided before the 2020 election.
In a nutshell, SCOTUS may soon determine, once and for all, if the ACA is illegal – as we all know it to be.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 11, 2019
A federal appeals court on Wednesday granted a Trump administration request to expedite oral arguments in a case challenging the legality of the Affordable Care Act.
The new time frame — with arguments in early July — means that the fate of Obamacare could come before the Supreme Court next term, with an opinion rendered by June of 2020 in the heart of the presidential campaign.
As in 2016 and the 2018 midterms, health care has already emerged as a core issue, though there are fissures in both parties. Congressional Democrats have rallied around Obamacare, while some of the party’s presidential nominees are supporting “Medicare for All” plans that would offer universal, government-backed health coverage.
President Donald Trump, who campaigned in 2016 on repealing the law, has promised that Republicans will pass a “really great” health care planafter the 2020 election, although none has been proposed.
The administration last month sided with Republican-led states that are pushing for the law to be invalidated by the courts.
Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday he believes the Justice Department’s decision not to argue in favor of upholding the Affordable Care Act is a “defensible legal position to take.”
Initially, the Trump administration argued that two key provisions of the law that protect people with pre-existing conditions could no longer be defended, but the rest of the law could stand. But after a district court ruled in December 2018 that the entire law should be invalidated, the Justice Department changed its position and argues the district court ruling should be upheld in full.
As the administration debated its litigation strategy, Barr at first opposed to fully striking down the law. On Wednesday, he suggested that he is ready to back the administration’s position.