White House Silent as Obamacare Heads to High Court

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Friday marked the second year anniversary of the passage of President Barack Obama's controversial healthcare law referred to by many as "Obamacare."

Next week, the law goes before the U.S. Supreme Court, which will hear arguments on whether the law violates the Constitution.

One of the major sticking points to Obama's contentious healthcare overhaul is the requirement that all Americans must buy health insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty.

Recent polls show three out of every five Americans oppose that mandate.

The White House was noticeably silent on the law's two-year anniversary.

The Supreme Court takes up the law Monday to hear arguments on whether it's constitutional.

"Our hope is that the court will find this law constitutionally deficient, whether or not it does, it was still a huge mistake for our country," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said.

McConnell believes if the nation's highest court upholds the health care law, it could mean an even bigger government power grab.

"If the court upholds that, could the federal government then order you to eat carrots? Could it order you to quit smoking? Could it order you to lose weight?" he asked.

McConnell and his fellow critics want the entire law repealed.

On the campaign trail in Louisiana, Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney advocated repealing and replacing the health care system with one that gives states and individuals more control.

When he was governor of Massachusetts, Romney signed a state health care law that required all residents to buy insurance.

"Obamacare substitutes government intrusiveness for the dynamics of individual responsibility, for individuals being able to pursue different options, and for the dynamics of a free market," Romney said.

The health care law has gone before four federal appeals courts. Two have upheld it. One struck down only the insurance mandate, and one court ruled an obscure tax law makes it premature to make a decision until the main coverage provisions take effect in 2014.

The Obama campaign is trying to draw attention to what it believes are the benefits of the law. It posted a new health care app online where users can find out how the law affects them.

White House spokesman Jay Carney dismissed any observance of the bill's signing as something "that only those who toil inside the beltway focus on."

The Supreme Court is expected to issue its opinion in June.

*Published Mar. 23, 2012. 

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