by Nicole Flatow
Following widespread media coverage of Bill O’Reilly’s promise to American Constitution Society President Caroline Fredrickson that he would “apologize for being an idiot” if the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act as Fredrickson predicted, O’Reilly delivered a begrudging apology on his show Monday night.
“I’m not really sorry,” he said, “but I am a man of my word, so I apologize for not factoring in the John Roberts situation. Truthfully, I never in a million years would thought the chief justice would go beyond the scope of the commerce clause to date and into taxation. I may be an idiot for not considering that.”
This is a curious answer from O’Reilly, since he did consider the tax argument when Fredrickson explained during that same March 26 segment that the Affordable Care Act could be justified under the Constitution’s power to tax.
In response, O’Reilly told Fredrickson she would “lose and your arguments are specious” and predicted the Supreme Court would strike down the individual coverage provision by a vote of 5-4.
The following night, O’Reilly raised Fredrickson’s tax argument yet again, saying: