Some media reports interpreted President Obama’s comments on the Supreme Court’s review of the Affordable Care Act as an indication that the White House fears the court will overturn the law, and describe the President as setting the stage for a political fight later this year. The President’s remarks were covered by two of the networks yesterday evening, and received a great deal of print and online coverage.
USA Today (4/3, Wolf, Jackson) reports, “President Obama cautioned the Supreme Court against overturning his landmark health care law Monday, a move he said would be ‘unprecedented’ and ‘extraordinary.’”
According to Jake Tapper, on ABC World News (4/2, story 5, 1:55, Sawyer), the President “fired a warning shot” because “White House officials are concerned” by last week’s “barrage of skepticism” from the justices. On the CBS Evening News (4/2, story 3, 1:30, Pelley), Norah O’Donnell reported that the President’s “strong language…could suggest this White House is bracing for a loss.”