Appearing on Bloomberg News today, GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul said he suspects that the Supreme Court will rule it is Constitutional for the government to uphold a mandate requiring most Americans to buy health insurance.
Oral arguments begin this week on the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ‘Obamacare’. All the GOP candidates have pledged to repeal the law.
“I suspect they’re going to rule it constitutional, but that is a big guess out of thin air,” Paul said, adding, “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.”
Government lawyers are using the commerce clause as an essential part of their argument for the constitutionality of the individual mandate, which would take effect in 2014.
Paul, who has called Obamacare an “unconstitutional monstrosity”, told Bloomberg that it would “be a real tragedy” if the Supreme Court were to support the law.
During the interview, the Congressman also addressed the ongoing GOP nomination race and defended his vow to stay in the race right up to the national convention.
“Why should we quit and say, ‘OK, it’s getting late, so we all have to get together and quit debating the issues’? No, I think the debate should go on,” he said. “It’s not like this is the first time they didn’t have a candidate by this time in the cycle. The Democrats didn’t have one by this go-around, didn’t happen until June. I don’t think it hurts to debate the issues.”
Paul added that he will not drop out because he is the only candidate “really discussing the alternative to our foreign policy, monetary policy or our financial crisis and spending” as well as “militarism overseas.”
The Congressman also dismissed the idea that he would be offered a spot in a Mitt Romney administration.
“I don’t think that’s likely to happen,” he said. “We have to wait and see what comes out of this election.”
“I think he’s the kind of person that at least listens when I say something,” Paul said. “We just have disagreements on the spending and the policies. I believe in a lot less government than he does.”
Watch the interview below:
Over the weekend Paul’s campaign was boosted by another grassroots money bomb fundraising that netted almost $1 million.
The campaign also announced that it won key victories in the Missouri caucuses, as the Congressman won picked up sizeable amounts of delegates in key districts, despite underhanded establishment efforts to move voters away from Paul and to the other three candidates.