Hagan dodges question on ObamaCare Constitutionality

posted at 11:36 am on April 22, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Time flies when you’re having … to dodge a question you can’t answer. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) “scoots” almost as soon as the hosts of Rush Radio 94.5 (not affiliated with Rush Limbaugh) ask Hagan to justify a federal mandate to buy insurance under the Constitution during yesterday’s interview. Instead of providing an answer, Hagan starts talking about “free riders” and the costs to the insured, and then suddenly discovers that she’s needed elsewhere, right now. The co-hosts are left laughing about her escape trick and note, correctly, that she never answered their question (via The Right Scoop):

The ironic valediction is my favorite part of the clip. Hagan talks about the necessity of providing “financial literacy” to students in a run-on sentence that defies diagramming, all while resolutely refusing to expose her illiteracy of Constitutional theory and practice. If the entire display wasn’t so depressing, I’d be laughing, too.


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Hey Del. So do you admit Palin had a ghostwriter now? Or are you still “fighting the good fight”?

crr6 on April 22, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Translated: “I still can’t prove Palin had a ghostwriter.”

You can’t be serious.

crr6 on April 22, 2010 at 1:13 PM

sad part is she isn’t up for relection 2014

sometimes I hate my fellow North carolina voters. I can not believe they voted for Obama and this piece of work. burr isn’t much better

unseen on April 22, 2010 at 1:13 PM

You can’t be serious.

crr6 on April 22, 2010 at 1:13 PM

He can’t, but he’s trying.

Dark-Star on April 22, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Cuz, um, you know they’ve ruled on the right to privacy in the past? I’m -pretty- sure its the basis of a big decision in the 1970s.

lorien1973 on April 22, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Which has nothing to do with HCR. The court has said that the fact that some of their substantive due process decisions are related to personal autonomy, does not mean that every private decision is protected by due process. The fact that they’ve recognized a “right to privacy” for one extremely intimate decision does not mean they will for everything.

And the fact that filing your taxes isn’t unconstitutional doesn’t bode well for you.

crr6 on April 22, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Del Dolemonte on April 22, 2010 at 1:10 PM

So I’ve already provided links to an AP story, Politico, and Newsbusters all saying that Palin has a ghostwriter, and I’ve posted a live video interview with Palin’s ghostwriter. What more do you need?

crr6 on April 22, 2010 at 1:18 PM

And the fact that filing your taxes isn’t unconstitutional doesn’t bode well for you.

crr6 on April 22, 2010 at 1:16 PM

hmmmm they had to pass a amendment to make the income tax consitutional

unseen on April 22, 2010 at 1:20 PM

The fact that they’ve recognized a “right to privacy” for one extremely intimate decision does not mean they will for everything.

But of course you realize that the “right to privacy” has been used in countless cases prior and after that ruling. In a wide variety of situations. But you knew that already.

And the fact that filing your taxes isn’t unconstitutional doesn’t bode well for you.

As we discussed, any private information you divulge when filing is voluntary. You are not obligated to provide anything you don’t want to share.

lorien1973 on April 22, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Would having crr6 defend you in court be considered “assisted suicide”?

katy the mean old lady on April 22, 2010 at 1:35 PM

katy the mean old lady on April 22, 2010 at 1:35 PM

It’d be a good foundation for an insanity plea, I’m sure.

As we discussed, any private information you divulge when filing is voluntary. You are not obligated to provide anything you don’t want to share.

lorien1973 on April 22, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Also your information is not shared with any 3rd parties without your consent. So there’s that.

Yeah. That’s a big deal.

lorien1973 on April 22, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Er, no. How is the right to privacy violated? Base your answer on previous case law, please. Where has SCOTUS applied the right to privacy to something similar.

Also, how is HIPAA violated? Again, cite the specific statute and explain how it is violated by HCR.

Thanks in advance.

crr6 on April 22, 2010 at 12:05 PM

How is global warming caused by man? Base your answer on CRU climate analysis, please. Cite the specific models, including code, and explain how they are not invalidated by arbitrary “normalization”.
If you can’t do that to my satisfaction, then that PROVES that you know nothing and therefor man-made global warming is real!!!!!eleventy!!!!
I just got so excited I peed myself.
crr6/

shibumiglass on April 22, 2010 at 1:39 PM

I wish I had you-tube access at work. It’s a perfect time to send a link to Groucho Marx’s “Hello, I must be going.”

DrAllecon on April 22, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Dark-Star on April 22, 2010 at 1:16 PM

What’s it like being crr6′s toady?

gitarfan on April 22, 2010 at 1:49 PM

What’s it like being crr6’s toady?

gitarfan on April 22, 2010 at 1:49 PM

What’s it like being a mindless wingnut?

Dark-Star on April 22, 2010 at 1:52 PM

No, it’s just that it’s kind of a false argument. RTP has been a hotbed of innovation and Cary and Holly Springs have been two of the fastest growing communities in the US for years before Kagan. That they’re continuing to do the same since she’s come into office speaks more to her inability to mess up a good thing.

LastRick on April 22, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Please don’t lump those of us in Holly Springs with the libs in Cary! We are growing, but many of us are conservatives who are appalled with the direction our country in heading.
I blame the straight party ticket for electing Hagan and Perdue. It was hyped so much during the 2008 election that many Obamabots had no clue who was running for anything besides President. If Hitler had been on the ballot and running as a Dem, he would have been elected!

ConservativeMom on April 22, 2010 at 1:54 PM

… Rush Radio 94.5 (not affiliated with Rush Limbaugh)

Actually, Ed, they are a Rush Limbaugh affiliate station. See Greensboro, NC – http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/menu/rush.guest.nc.html.

Voice of Reason on April 22, 2010 at 2:05 PM

FYI, rush radio is Limbaugh’s new FM home here in NC.

Our other Senator, Richard Burr (R) is in a fight to hold his seat. Needless to say, it would be a catastrophe if he doesn’t!

MJBrutus on April 22, 2010 at 2:06 PM

Oops .. my link above is “Access Denied” for some reason, but you get my point.

Voice of Reason on April 22, 2010 at 2:07 PM

ConservativeMom on April 22, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Just to share:

CARY = Containment Area for Relocated Yankees :-)

MJBrutus on April 22, 2010 at 2:10 PM

The form of payment is “Get a damn job and pay for it yourself or get your own insurance!”

rgranger on April 22, 2010 at 2:17 PM

She’s sort of a witchy woman, ain’t she?

bloggless on April 22, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Wow…I can’t believe that she’s stupid enough to stay with the hilarious “this will lower the deficit” nonsense even now. She’s going to make it very easy to remove her from office in 2015, when there are multiple CBO reports showing how completely full of sh!t she is.

Jaibones on April 22, 2010 at 3:38 PM

North Carolina has apparently seceded from the South. Their Senators are just as stupid and full of sh!t as mine in Illinois.

Jaibones on April 22, 2010 at 3:40 PM

She never answered the question. It is obvious that she would have dodged it over and over. It is a shame that the interviewer hadn’t asked her that question earlier. However, it is also obvious that the interview was ending at a particular time, completely independent from any question that might have been pending.

Ira on April 22, 2010 at 4:02 PM

I have a question. When you say “24,000 drop in initial claims for unemployment benefits” what does that mean? Does it mean that 24,000 fewer people are claiming unemployment this month than last month OR does it mean that unemployment claims are still increasing but the increase in unemployment claims is 24,000 less than last month? No one ever really explains the meaning of these figures.

Goldenavatar on April 22, 2010 at 1:12 PM

–Initial claims are the number of people who just filed for unemployment benefits. Last week, about 480,000 people first filed for unemployment benefits that week. This week, the initial claims for state unemployment benefits for people first filing dropped 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 456,000. The number of people currently receiving unemployment benefits is over four million.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/jobless-claims-fall-24000-to-456000-2010-04-22-83400?siteid=yhoof

Jimbo3 on April 22, 2010 at 4:39 PM

fastestslug

You left out Charleston. One family I know has moved there, another would if they could sell their house.

11.5% unemployment is just for starters in NC. There’s a hell of a lot of folks who have settled for less or given up. Employer don’t have many worries with the job force. If Person A doesn’t fit in, there’s ten more to try.

Oh, and if you are fortunate to be GAINFULLY employed and maybe want another job because your current employer knows the squeeze is out there … good luck finding the next gig.

SC may be worse. NC ain’t no picnic.

shades_of_gasden on April 22, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) “scoots”

Hey! Our dog “scoots”, too! It’s got something to do with an unexpressed or clogged anal gland. Which, come to think of it, isn’t too different from any of our representatives who voted for this monstrosity.

ya2daup on April 22, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Hagan is a disgrace to the fine State of NC. No one likes here.

griv on April 22, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Hey, do you miss Jesse Helms yet?

unctarheel on April 22, 2010 at 10:54 PM

So Hagan took a powder … No surprise there. The people of North Carolina can’t even get answers to letters, phone calls or emails from this miserable excuse for a representative.

DRH on April 22, 2010 at 11:32 PM

How about a Jesse Helms billboard….

unctarheel on April 23, 2010 at 7:56 AM

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