Pelosi Has 'No Idea' If Supreme Court Will Hold Individual Mandate Constitutional

Eric Scheiner | March 28, 2012 | 3:11pm EDT
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( - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) who in 2009 rebuked a reporter for asking her where the Constitution authorized Congress to require people to buy health insurance--"Are you serious? Are you serious?" she said then--now says she has "no idea” if the Supreme Court will rule that the mandate is in fact constitutional.

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When asked Wednesday if she was confident the individual mandate would be ruled constitutional, Pelosi replied, “I have no idea. None of us does. We are all now talking about something of which we have no knowledge because we are not members of the Supreme Court. We have knowledge of the legislation. We have knowledge of the arguments. But we have no idea of what the outcome will be.”

On October 22, 2009 asked Pelosi, “Madam Speaker, where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?”

Pelosi responded, “Are you serious? Are you serious?"

Her press spokesman, Nadeam Elshami, then told that asking the then-speaker of the House where the Constitution authorized Congress to mandate that individual Americans buy health insurance was not a "serious question."

Currently it’s one of the questions before the U.S. Supreme Court, which on Tuesday heard oral arguments on Obamacare's individual mandate, which would force most Americans to purchase health insurance.

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