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comes to creating radical immigration laws. a ruling from the highest court in the land proves states can only go so far. the supreme court ruled 5-3 in favor of striking down most of the provisions in arizona's controversial immigration law. senate bill 1070, the ruling says states cannot override federal laws on immigration. here's what was struck down. arizona cannot make it a misdemeanor for not carrying identification saying whether or not you're a legal citizen. arizona can't make it a crime for undocumented immigrants to apply for a job. many think that's a civil rights issue. law enforcement cannot arrest someone based on suspecting the person is in the country illegally. but the ruling also keeps in tact the most controversial part of the law, the papers please provision. allowing law enforcement to check the immigration status of people they detain. president obama said in a statement he was pleased with the overall ruling but also concerned.
the controversial provision is still alive. going forward, we must insure the arizona law enforcement officials do not enforce this law in a manner that undermines the civil rights of americans as the court's decision recognizes. the supreme court, what could happen is they could wind up taking up this provision down the road. but right now, it's up to the state courts to determine whether the practice is unconstitutional. republican governor jan brewer jumped into space saving mode late this afternoon. the law she champions basically got smoked by the supreme court. she put on a happy face today. >> the heart of senate bill 1070 has been proven to be constitutional. arizona and every other state's inherent authority to protect its people has been upheld. >> she was asked about the majority of provisions of the supreme court being struck down, but brewer didn't stray from her script.
>> today, the state of arizona and senate bill 1070 was vindicated and the heart of the bill was upheld. i believe we have accomplished a lot and that it was upheld by th united states supreme court. and that we will move forward and now it has been validated unanimously by the united states supreme court. >> you know what this country needs? a real dose of honesty. why can't the republicans and the democrats just come together on this issue and start from this vantage point? we both have failed. your party and our party, we haven't been able to get it done. can we start over now? jan brewer is the baghdad bob of right wing immigration laws. she says the court upheld the heart of senate big 1070, but it only upheld the right for the law enforcement to act for documentation. brewer is proud of one key achievement. the ability to racially profile suspected undocumented immigrants. republican officials like brewer
and sheriff joe arpaio, you have to ask yourself the cession, are they interested in real immigration reform? if they were, they would be praising the number of immigrant deportations last year under president obama. 396,000906. they should be pleased with the doubling of border patrol agents and technology since 2004, something again president obama is responsible for. the president is enacting immigration reform even without the help of republicans in congress. his enforcement action rarting children of undocumented immigrants is another major reform. the president has offered solutions and policy changes while the congress has done nothing. the only thing the gop has offered really is racial profiling on a state level. mitt romney told a crowd of top donors today, i would have preferred to see the supreme cot give more latitude to the states, not less. this is the closest he came to
offering an opinion about the ruling. his wishy-washy stance on immigration has led to scenes like this. protesters gathering outside romney's fund-raising luncheon in arizona today. it shows the importance of immigration reform. arizona was smack down to try to get its own immigration policy in new crimes to target ilgrnlts. racial profiling. this is an issue to be decided on the federal level. it's interesting how a right wing court said no state rights here, guys. it's got to be the federal law. the one presidential candidate that has a comprehensive position on immigration is the guy that aurd has the oval office. the other guy is out to lunch withbillionaires. get your cell phones out. i want to know what you think. tonight's question, will republicans pay the price at the polls for their position on immigration? text a for yes, b for no, to 622639. you can go to our blog. we'll bring you the results later on in the show.
can we start from this vantage point? that both parties have failed on this issue but it's an awfully big lift, and this president has really done something whether you like it or not. most latinos do. joining me tonight is congressman rob griaba. i appreciate your time. >> thank you, ed. i appreciate you having me here. >> this is such an important issue for the country because if we don't get this right, where do we move from here? what doeshe next generation do? i want to start with the arizona law. it still says racial profiling is going to happen and it doesn't do anything to curb that. are you troubled by that? >> it's a poison aspect of the decision. it leaves open the possibilities for persons like joe arpaio in my state who sees that as no consequence and civil liberties
and civil rights as no consequence, so that's why he's in court, to abuse that police authority that local officials have. we have great people in our state, sheriffs, police chiefs across our state, who are saying that this law was wrong from the beginning, and that it was a liability for local communities. >> what do you make of jan brewer's response? >> this law was delusional when it began. and unfortunately, our governor continues to be delusional. the fact that the core about whose right it is to set immigrational law was set today and it's a federal congressional responsibility, and she still continues to believe that because a section, which is ownerous, which is poisonous, continues to be alive in this legislation 1070, that there is a victory. there's not a victory. it's a bad precedent for the country, a bad precedent for due process, 14th amendment, and
it's going to be challenged legally. going to be challenged politically, and that's the way it should be because i really believe that that portion of it was as constitutional at the rest of them. >> this was the hot button issue. >> no question. >> and so in some respects, those who do have a chip on their shoulder so to speak would say, good, we can move forward from here. don't you see it that way? >> yeah, and that's what i think is the most disturbing about that portion that the supreme court kind of held in terms of the constitutionality is that it allowed personalities driven by motives beyond the law like arpaio and others, to use that discretion that the court has given them in this interim period to basically take away people's rights and abuse people's privileges. >> the bush administration couldn't do it, the obama administration ran into a filibuster.
how much responsibility is on the congress now to get immigration reform moving? i want to play this for you. jan brewer is blaming the democrats for not getting immigration reform passed. >> we also cannot forget that president obama and his party had both houses in congress for two years and could have secured our borders and fulfilled the promise to fix our broken immigration system. >> your response, congressman? >> i kind of find it curious. other than myself and congressman pastor, who we have been consistently for immigration reform, for a bipartisan solution, for the dream act, we spoupported that l through the years, and there's not one republican, in arizona, in our delegation, including our senators that has held in that bipartisan effort. in fact, they have set up barriers. i find it ironic that the people who harp the most about the states need to do it because the federal government won't are the
same ones that put every impediment in front of us here in congress to get it done. there's a great deal on congress should be, it's our responsibility. we need to take care of it, and it's time that the republicans stepped up and acted as adults and quit exploiting this issue and exploiting the poor people that are abused by this issue. >> ironically, mitt romney was in arizona today. he says she wishes the supreme court would have upheld the state law. what does that tell you? ? it dells me he continues to be out of touch, not only on the m issue of immigration but how to react to an emerging constituency in the country, a demographic in the country, the latino community, and rather talk about immigration and working toward a solution on immigration, he's caught between pandering and not knowing what to do. he's in the same boat he was in the beginning, and all of us in our community realize he has no solution and he has no ideas
about what to do about this. >> and congressman, finally, there are other states that are involved in this. you know, georgia, alabama, indiana,outh carolina, other states that have tried to go down this road of passing immigration laws. what do you think their response is going to be? where do you think they'll go from here? >> the brakes have been put on in the fact they can preempt the federal government immigration law. the brakes have not been put on in terms of that section which empowers local law enforcement. i hope those states realize this is about due process and the 14th amendment. they should wait for all those issues to be clarified before they turn loose an agenda that is only going to further divide and economically hurt the states that have similar laws line arizona. >> good to have you with us tonight. remember to answer tonight's question at the bottom of the screen, share you thoughts on twitter at ed show. the other major supreme court case today could literally
cripple democracy in this ru country. that's what i believe. we're going to look at citizens united part two. brian swietser and ej deion join me for the discussion. [ chuckles ] ♪ [ honk! ] ♪ [ honk! ] ♪ [ honk! ] ♪ [ male announcer ] now you'll know when to stop. [ honk! ] the all-new nissan altima with easy fill tire alert. [ honk! ] it's our most innovative altima ever. nissan. innovation that excites. ♪ thought they were dead. huh? [ male announcer ] should've used roundup. it kills weeds to the root, so they don't come back. roundup. no root. no weed. no problem.
coming up, the supreme court rules that our democracy will continue to be sold to the highest bidder. mont mongovernor brian swietser and ej deion will have reaction next. darryl issa makes a major admission about fast and furious. this guy is wasting your time and i'll explain how later. and it turns out that republicans are actually rooting for the affordable care act to be upheld by the supreme court even though they hate obama care. that report ahead. share you thoughts on twitter using the hash tag ed show. we're coming right back.
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something inside me tells me this is the biggest story of the day. i hope my instincts are wrong. today, the supreme court rejected a challenge to citizens united and threw out, threw out a montana law that goes back to 1912. what the supreme court did today was basically tell individual states that they cannot limit corporate spending in any state of local elections. it's the second wave of citizens united. you may have to wonder if we have lost the country. i'm serious about that. have we lost america, the voices of america are going to be squashed by the corporations. the supreme court ruled again a montana law designed
specifically to prevent corruption. montana's attorney general steve bullock argued that states should be allowed to write their own laws on corporate spending. 22 other states in america agrees. they said today's decision ignored a state's interest in protecting their democratic process from the threats posed by unlimited corporate spending in campaigns. in other words, democracy took another hit today. a huge hit. the supreme court wiped out over 100 years of montana law designed to prevent corruption. now, think about this, the supreme court said to the folks of mont, you folks up there on the plains, you haven't been doing things right for the last 100 years so we're going to straighten you out. the other side likes to talk about government takeover. this is a government takeover. the supreme court imposing its hard right wing view on a single state in this country. now, it means progressives no longer have a fighting chance at the state level to battle
corporate money and of course corporate influence. there is no guess work about what thiseans because we have already seen the early aftermath of citizens united, at the national level, we have seen how much the republican super pac money has dwarfed democratic super pac money. outside money helped scott walkwalk walker outscore barrett by a score of 7-1. a few days ago, they raised another $400 million from fellow billionaires. i guess you could call it the wild, wild west for corporate interests. now, in montana and north dakota, the oil companies will be free to elect the best lawmakers money can buy to deregulate everything so they can do whatever they want to the environment. that's the way it's going to go. that's just one knmp. in every stay in the nation, local issues can now be micromanaged by conservative billionaires who can pour money
into every race at every level from state houses to local judgeships. let's turn to montana governor brian schweitzer. great to have you with us. i know you're a puzative guy. i'm a positive guy. you've been in business, i've been in business. i'm trying to find the silver lining of something positive in this ruling. they have told you in your state for 100 years you folks have had it wrong. we're going to make it right so kopgzs can come in and spend anything they want to spend in elections. what's your gut instinct and your feeling? >> over 100 years ago, it was two copper kings who owned all of montana. they were the two richest people on the planet and they owned all of the politics in montana. they owned every one of the legislators. when we first sent the united states senator to washington, d.c., he bribed his way in and they wouldn't even seat him we were so corrupt. it wasn't the montana legislature that passed the law. it was the montana citizens who stood up 100 years ago and said
we will not allowed the money interest and the international corporations to own montana anymore. we ran 100 years of clean elections. and now the supreme court back there in washington, d.c., they think they know better for us in montana. they tell us that now we have to accept dirty, secret, corporate, and even foreign money pouring into montana, taking over our everything from the courthouse all the way to the state house, and i'll promise you this, until we get this reversed, the corporate interests, and they will be foreign corporate interests as well, they're going to own everything from the white house to the courthouse. that's what's in store for us. >> does this ruling leave you with any options that are positive? i mean, look, i know that part of the country, you go to a pot luck fund-raiser $100 is a hell of a gift in rural america, not just in montana. and now this money is going to be pouring in. they're going to be able -- judges can cash whip elections. they're going to get the laws
they want so they can run rough shot over the people. if i'm wrong, please tell me. >> you're not wrong. you're absolutely right. for 100 years, we had very low limits. a citizen legislator could be elected and the maximum contribution they could take from an individual was $160. they couldn't take corporate money. we elected our legislators between $2,000 and $5,000. we have had clean elections in montana, and now the corporate interests and they will be international corporate interests because there are many international companies involved in the natural resource business. they're going to pour their money back in and buy the cheapest government money can buy. >> that's a cheap government because of course the media markets in states like yours, you know, it's pretty easy to buy and pony up, no doubt about that. the states joining montana, basically urge the supreme court to consider how fragile the democratic process is in these state and local elections. does this ruling really cripple
the democratic process? give us your future crystal ball, what does this mean? >> well, it's still one person one vote, and that's what they'll tell you. one person, one vote, and just because we're giving corporations the same rights as persons, we're not giving them a vote. but let's face it, money is power. money buys television advertisement, and if you have enough money buying enough television advertisement, you can sway the election. not just sway, you can buy the election. and so there's not going to be the other side of the story. so today, we have two party system. in the future, we'll have a two party system as well. the corporatie party and corporate light party because anybody who stands up to the dirty corporate, secret, even foreign corporation money, they'll squash you like a bug. the big pharmaceutical companies, the military industrial complex, the insurance companies, if anybody stands up to them, they'll drop a million or two million or ten
million and put you out of business. the voice for the people will be lost. >> a second wave of citizens united. i think we lost a little bit of america today. i hope i'm wrong. brian schweitzer, thanks for joining us tonight. >> let's turn to ej deion. msnbc contributor and author of a new book "our divided political heart." that's a perfect title for this story. you know, i tell you what, i think this ruling is more damaging than the first one because this one tells states, don't even think about trying to do anything different than what we got on the federal level. and the voice of the people is gone. what do you think? >> no, i think it's very dangerous. i was hoping as justices briar and ginsburg were, they might use this to put limits on s citizens united or give states rights. the conservatives talk all the tie about how much they care about citizens rights.
these are corporate rights, yes, state rights, no. you talk about elitism, governor schweitzer made this point. you have legal theorists telling a state that has had a work that worked for 100 years they have to cast it aside because it doesn't fit with their theories. i mean, that's a terrible idea. and it's totally against conservative principles, conservatives are supposed to rely on practical local experience. this is a radical court doing a radical thing. >> radical court for sure. here's the white house statement. citizens united was wrong when it was decided and as two supreme court justices have observed since, independent expenditures by corporations are threatening the health of our democracy. unfortunately, the court today missed an opportunity to correct that mistake. this is kind of a wake-up call to america. if we as a people believe that all voices should be heard in a
fair debate, then we should stand up and do something about this. the obama administration is positioned in history to make a difference. either the country gets it or it doesn't. your thoughts? >> i think they should make a big deal of this. and i think in this election, people who have all of this corporate money spent against them should make it a central issue in the campaign. and say don't believe all that stuff. the fact that they're spending that money against me should make you want to vote for me. paul wellstone, the great late senator from minnesota, was vastly outspent in his campaigns and he made some very funny and gripping ads about the fact he had to talk faster than everybody else because he didn't have all that money.schweitzer important point that maybe gives some opening in the future. he kept talking about how international money might come into his state and elsewhere.
there are laws against foreign contributions to american campaigns. i think congress, people should push as senator schumer has to bar foreign corporations from -- foreign owned corporations from making contributions. that might help us begin to get a handle on what is a really dangerous situation for the country. >> i would like to see what republicans would get behind that. great to have you with us tonight. >> good to be with you. >> so much more in the next half hour of "the ed show." stay tuned. i have absolutely nothing to deal with. i really don't. >> supreme court justice antonin scalia goes off the rails criticizing the president. >> the big panel on the fox and friends justice next. >> darryl issa lets the truth slip about his fast and furious witch hunt. >> do you have any evidence that white house officials were involved in these decisions, that they knowingly misled
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the teacher that comes to mind for me is my high school math teacher, dr. gilmore. i mean he could teach. he was there for us, even if we needed him in college. you could call him, you had his phone number. he was just focused on making sure we were gonna be successful. he would never give up on any of us. justice scalia said a good hard hitting dissent keeps you honest. yet he used the ruling on the arizona immigration law not to offer a challenge, but to take political cheap shots. as one reporter put it, if you put scalia on fox and friends, you'd have to squint it notice the difference. good one. in his disent, he complains
about the lack of law enforcement by feds, by the feds even though the obomb al administration has cracked down on illegal immigration. he writes, arizona bears the brunt of the country's illegal immigration problem. its citizens feel themselves under siege by large numbers of illegal immigrants who invade their property, strain their social services and even place their lives in jeopardy. scalia also used the ruling to rail against president ama's decision to halt deportations of thousands of young people brought here illegally as children. a policy that has nothing to do with the arizona case. the president said at a news conference that the new program is the right thing to do in light of congress's failure to pass the administration's proposed revision of the immigration act. perhaps it is, though, arizona may not think so. at salon.com describes it, it's a passage written by a man who
obviously no longer cares that he sounds increasingly like a right wing talk show radio host rather than a justice of the supreme court. it's nose surprise that none other than rush limbaugh jumped to scalia's dufs earlier. >> he's so right on the muchone. all arizona did was write law that mirrors law that obama was not enforcing, and the court told them today they can't do that. it is, it's disheartening. let's bring in joan walsh of salon.com, michael medved, and katherine crier. where do i start? what happens to balls and strikes. is this the most opinionated we have seen a judge? >> he's always great fun because there's no question that scalia is a very intelligent man and he c can wrielt very powerful, i don't mean they're legally appropriate, but powerful cases,
powerful dissents, but when you look at his varying positions, he argues his originalism, and then he says, we're talking about state sovereignty, and it's fine when we're talking about sort of the right wing position on immigration, but if we're talking about campaign finance reform, maybe it's federal. if we're talking about medical marijuana laws. maybe it's federal. you watch the vacillation and the legal theory changing with the ideology and you have to go, wait a minute, there isn't a legal consistency here to support the reputation he has. >> joan walsh, what is wrong with what scalia said? >> well, first of all, i mean, to just jump out of the world of law and the constitution and precedent and all of the things that the supreme court is supposed to be our guide on and to smack a sitting president that way, i really can't think of another example of a justice doing something that outrages. and it's really as though he
cast off his judicial robes and revealed himself today to be a partisan hack. i mean, there have been decisions before. he is the man who gave us george w. bush. he did use the 14th amendment, which had been passed to give rights to freed slaves. he used that to make george bush president, and in the process, disenfranchised a lot of black people who didn't have their votes counted. that was a special one, and said there could be nor precedent. this was the worst. >> did he embarrass the court on this one? >> i don't think scalia embarrasssed the court. what he was doing to an extent was stepping beyond a normal judicial role, but remember, the president of the united states, when he had the justices in front of him at a state of the union address, also went way over the line in attacking the supreme court in a state of the union address. i wish the entire process could be less politicized. >> attacking? he gave an opinion.
he said he was worried about the ruling. >> he attacked the ruling. the job of the president whether he likes the ruling or not, is to say this is the law, i will enforce it. it is not to give his opinion. >> you're willing to say that scalia went beyond? >> this is a very unusual -- >> be an activist judge. >> let's throw the word activism in there because actually it can be applied to both sides at various times. >> it's no activism because it's a dissent, and one of the problems they had, there were three different dissents, one by justice tommant and wus by justice alletto and one by justice scalia. it was because they couldn't agree on the basis for dissent, and this was basically a 6-3 decision although it was formally 5-3. kagan was excluded. so because she recused herself because she had been a solicitor
general in the case. >> you buy all this? >> no, i don't. i agree with you, ed, that i think what the president said was very mild about citizens united. i reremind michael that then sam aluto said you're wrong. insulting him at the state of the union. i don't see the president gives up his ability to criticize a supreme court decision. i think scalia really stepped beyond the boundaries of what you do in a dissent. >> speaking of that speech and the response from sam alito, let's talk ability what happened today. the supreme court rules on citizens united telling 22 states you have to play by the federal rules. you can't limit corporations giving. i think this is bigger than the first ruling. >> i'm with you. when i heard you earlier on your program saying let's pay attention tohe montana decision, i was in montana a couple days ago and learned about some pretty interesting stuff about the whole tenth, 11th amendment argument, and a lot of lawyers were pushing the
montana attorney general to acert some arguments that weren't made, and there are certainly a lot of people at home wondering whether montana, the governor in the ag, asserting they want to keep the law, did everything they could do -- >> how could they have it wrong for 100 years? >> they had it right. they're really not sure, there are people who are not sure that their own state officials made the best arguments. >> what does this mean for health care coming up on thursday? >> who knows? anything could happen. there's a lot of speculation now that the chief justice roberts today when he was announcing these decisions said we will have the rest of the decisions that are ready. which may be an implication they're going to punt and delay this health care decision until after the election. >> wow. that would be a big move. >> it would be a huge move, and very unusual, and by the way, it would leave the country in the lurch because there are a lot of
provisions of obama care that are supposed to come into play before they they would render their decision. >> it would be good because health care is working. >> it gets more popular. >> we're talking way down the pipe, but i think that playing it, playing with this decision is a political football, a politicizing of the court. they need to get the decision out thursday and let's move on. >> i agree with you. there's no doubt that would be better for the country. better for the court, and let's hope that they come up with it. >> how about the consumers, how about americans? if they strike down the mandate, this could screw up the whole law and hurt a lot of americans. >> yeah, if they strike down the mandate, people have lots of different opinions about the way the administration is going to come back at that, ed, but there's no doubt that you know, we're prepared for scalia personally to reverse himself on some precedence he found before
because he seems determines to do whatever he wants based on whether it's a right wing -- what the right wing side is. >> if i could jump in, one of the things that is notable about this arizona case is that justice kennedy who was appointed by president reagan and justice -- and chief justice roberts who was appointed by george w. bush, both voted with what you would call the liberal side in arizona. in striking down three aspects of the arizona law. and by the way, they didn't strike down most of it, most of it wasn't even stopped. most of it was already in play and already there. a very big long law. only four sections were controversial, one was strick down. >> if the supreme court strikes down the law, then the republicans will have to come up with their plan on the campaign trail. something they really haven't done. >> i think it's a big challenge. >> and single payer is going to be right there. there are an awful lot of people
lined up to go, is this going to give us a chance to assert an argument that was ignored and buried. >> medicare for all. we go back to medicare for all. >> democrats would have to have the guts to push for universal health care. it wasn't even at the table the last time. could they give us a preview? we could include it in the discussion. >> i hope they do and the hope the american people have a chance to vote on it. i know how they're going to vote. american people don't want single payer. >> the first federal mendate i could find was back in about 1789 when the government mandated all able bodied men to have an entire list from flintlocks to powder casings to all sorts of things in case they got called. it was a federal mandate to spend your own money. >> thanks so much. coming up, more proof than the republican-led fast and furious investigation is nothing but a plot to make president obama look bad.
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up. did i hear that right? no proof? he's putting john boehner in a tough spot, isn't he? last week, he accused white house officials of misleading congress. >> the decision to invoke executive privilege is an admission of the white house officials were involved in decisions that misled the congress and have covered up the truth. >> well, i bet the house speaker regrets those remarks because he was dead wrong. and is dead wrong. house overcite committee chair i issa was asked about it. >> do you have any evidence that they were involved in the decisions, that they knowingly misled? >> no, we don't, and we're seeking documents we know to exist, february 4th to december, that are in fact about brian terry's murder, who knew and why people were lying about it. >> i want to be clear, we have to get out. no evidence at this point that
the white house is involved in a cover up. >> i hope they don't get involved. >> there you have it, the top republican leading the investigation has admitted there's no evidence they were involved in a cover up or is misleading congress. you're a committee chair. don't you have the responsibility to be a leader. leadership is something we need to see and hear in washington these days. first of all, why don't you just come forward and say, you know, i have been wrong. i'm going to call some witnesses that the democrats want to hear from. but of course, you don't want to hear that. all week long, all last week, we could have pulled out a montage of right wing talkers saying it's obama. it goes all the way to the white house. he was involved. it's a cover up. instead, darryl issa waited all week long to go on the sunday talk and say we really don't have any evidence that there was white house involvement of a cover up. washington, really working for you, isn't it? tonight in our verva, i ask,
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the health care law just three days from now. a brand new poll shows just how popular the law really is, even among republicans when president obama's name is not attached to it. 78% of republicans support banning insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditio. 66% of republicans support banning insurance companies from cancelling policies because a person becoming ill. 80% of republicans support creating an insurance pool and insurance exchanges. 57% of republicans support providing subsidies on a sliding scale to help individuals in families who cannot afford health insurance. the supreme court has three basic choices. number one, uphold the law, strike down the individual mandate, strike down the entire law. those are the three options. but even if the supreme court strikes down just the individual mandate, it basically guts the health care law. without the mandate, there is no
way to pay for the most popular provision that all americans should be covered regardless of pre-existing conditions. i'm joined by wendell potter director and vice president of cigna, now with the center for public integrity and author of the book "deadly spin." good to have you with us tonight. those really are the three basic choices that are available here to the court. if the court strikes down the individual mandate, but not the requirement on pre-existing problem because pressuring their friends in congress and the administration to gut the rest of the bill. they will argue that without the insurance, subsidies. the youngest will not
participate in the pool of people who need coverage, and that will mean the premiums will go up for the rest of us. the insurance industry has a campaign already ready to go in case the individual mandate is declared unconstitutional to persuade all of us and lawmakers it can't work. >> they have also spent a ton of money telling the american people it's a lousy law, and that's had an effect on many circles. what is the best possible outcome as you see it? >> for the whole law to be upheld. even if it is unheld, we know the opponents of reform will still spend an enormous amount of money to weaken the law, to get the consumer protections stripped out, but the best case scenario for consumers, for average americans, for most all of us is for the entire law to be upheld. >> if the individual mandate is killed and as you said, maybe the will be a lot of americans who won't buy into it, it's going to totally screw up the
congressional budget office projections and the whole effort here was to bring costs down by getting everybody covered. so what would be the -- >> that's right. >> what would be the game plan if they strike down the whole law? >> well, we'd be back to scare one, and it would be difficult for advocates of reform to mount a campaign again. we know that when the clinton plan failed when it never got enough votes, it was years and years before there was enough will among lawmakers to try again. and we just, i don't think, have the ability to mount another campaign to get the kind of reform we really need. we will be losing an enormous amount. >> what choices does president obama have in trying to save other parts of the law if this happens? >> well, he'll have to work with congress to try to make sure as much of the law goes forward as coverage
think that may be correct. fallacy to think that people don't want to be covered twrrb they really do. they just can't afford to buy the premiums insurance companies are charging. medicare expansion will survive? >> i sure hope so because that's a critically important thing. providing more people with coverage. so that's very, very important. >> well, we have seen a lot of politics come out of this supreme court. it's pretty much a crap shoot on how they're going to go this time. we'll see. wendell potter thank you for your time tonight. we'll talk again. thanks so much. >> that's t"the ed show," the "rachel maddow show" starts right now. >> thanks very much. good to see you. thanks to you at home for joining us this hour as well. in 1976, the supreme court of the united states said that it was okay for states to kill their prisoners. the government could take somebody who was already in jail, remove them from their
cell, walk them down the hall to a room set up specifically for the purpose of killing people and then they could kill that prisoner there. that was 1976. that supreme court ruling. it was not until 12 years after that that the supreme court said, okay, even though it is legal in america to kill our prisoners, you can't kill our prisoners who are children. you can't kill people who are under the age of 16 when they committed the crime for which you want to kill them. that decision was made in 1988. if you were 16, if you had turned 16 when you committed the crime, if you were 16 and one day, after that ruling in 1988, it was still okay to kill you for that crime, but if you were less than 16, that was the line that was drawn there, 1988. 17 years after that in 2005, was when the supreme court said, actually, no, the cut-off now is 18 years old. you cannot kill teenagers in america as punishment for crimes they committed before they were