As many of you are aware, it was Judge Roberts whose vote was the deciding vote that Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act was constitution. Republicans, Tea Partiers, and right wingnuts alike were all very confident that SCOTUS would either declare “ObamaCare” as unconstitutional, or re-write portions of the act.
When neither happened, the right-wingers have all been scrambling to find – actually I’m not sure what – but find anything they can to appeal to everyone in the United States that this is an unconstitutional health care plan. Congress will vote, and I am sure it will pass the House, but Obama will veto it down.
Now in retaliation of the vote, Michael Savage, well, savagely attacked swing Judge Roberts by stating that Robert’s epilepsy “can introduce mental slowing, forgetfulness and other cognitive problems.”
Wow… some people are really trying to grasping straws now.
On his radio show last week, right-wing host Michael Savage — who has previously called autism a “[a] fraud, a rachet” — claimed that Roberts’ epilepsy is the root cause of his “cognitive dissociation” in the Obamacare ruling:
Let’s talk about Roberts. I’m going to tell you something that you’re not going to hear anywhere else, that you must pay attention to. It’s well known that Roberts, unfortunately for him, has suffered from epileptic seizures. Therefore he has been on medication. Therefore neurologists will tell you that medication used for seizure disorders, such as epilepsy, can introduce mental slowing, forgetfulness and other cognitive problems. And if you look at Roberts’ writings you can see the cognitive dissociation in what he is saying.
Sore loser…. A few facts (among several others) about Judge Roberts….
1. He was Associate Counsel to President Ronald Reagan;
2. Roberts was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States on September 29, 2005, and was nominated by George W. Bush;
3. Roberts suffered his first seizure in 1993, and his second in 2007;
4. After the 2007 seizure, the Supreme Court statement says Roberts “fully recovered,” “no cause for concern.”
So I take it that Michael Savage is fancies himself as a doctor by declaring Judge Roberts both has epilepsy and is on anti-seizure medication. Neither of which have I been able to definitely confirm on the internet. All sites are speculation, no confirmation from either a doctor or Judge Roberts. If Bush, or anyone else for that matter, had any concerns about Roberts seizure in 1993, then he never would have been nominated for SCOTUS. Additionally, many people live very successful lives with epilepsy and anti-seizure medication.
Just another case of a right-wing Conservative twisting facts to fit their needs. Sadly, many people believe this horse crap. **sigh**
References and related material:
Think Progress: Conservatives Claim Roberts Upheld Obamacare Because Of ‘Cognitive Problems’ Due To Epilepsy Medication
Supreme Court of the United States: Biographies of Current Justices
Wikipedia: John Roberts
CNN: (Archived) Chief justice leaves hospital after seizure
Sound Cloud: Savage Says Roberts Epilepsy Medication Affects His Judgement
Freak Out Nation: Conservatives conclude: Justice Roberts Upheld Obamacare Because Of Epilepsy Medication
Media Matters: Savage on autism: “A fraud, a racket. … In 99 percent of the cases, it’s a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out”