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Ken Starr: Obama has 'Politicized' High Court Health Care Deliberations

The former solicitor general calls Obama's comments 'injudicious.'

April 8, 2012

Former special prosecutor Ken Starr slammed President Obama for entering the debate over Supreme Court deliberations on health care reform, calling Obama's comments on the process "injudicious."

"I think it's unfortunate for the president of the United States to be politicizing the process, especially when the decision is now under consideration by the Court. I think it's an injudicious comment," Starr said on CNN's State of the Union.

Obama recently said he is confident the Supreme Court "will not take what would be an unprecented, extraordinary step" in overturning his signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act. He made the statement after conservative justices subjected the law to tough scrutiny in oral arguments last month and advocates became concerned the court would strike it down.

Starr allowed that political concerns, such as public polling showing support or disapproval for a law the Supreme Court will rule on, could play into the court's calculus, despite the perception of the justices as being completely removed from such concerns.

"Do they sometimes succumb to political pressure? Perhaps," he said. But Starr, who was solicitor general in the George H.W. Bush administration, added that "at their best, they're independent."

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