Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Obamacare - #3763 - Recap: Obama's Health Law at the Supreme Court - Day 2 - Wall Street Journal (2) Toobin: "Train Wreck for the Obama Administration on Individual Mandate - Hot Air

Recap: Obama's Health Law at the Supreme Court - Day 2 - The main event in the Supreme Court’s three-day review of the Obama administration’s health-care overhaul law got under way Tuesday morning, with the justices considering whether Congress exceeded its constitutional powers when it required individuals to carry health insurance or pay a penalty. The Journal has several reporters at the court, and they out of the courtroom to post updates here. The arguments started shortly after 10 a.m. ET and ran for two hours. Final Post of the Day: To sum up:
It was a typical Supreme Court argument – although the stakes are anything but typical – in that the justices asked tough questions of both sides. Seven justices' votes seem pretty secure: The four liberal justices will likely vote to uphold the law, while three of the conservatives—justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito—appear ready to strike it down. That leaves Chief Justice Roberts and, especially, Justice Kennedy, the perennial swing vote. Justice Kennedy's early comment that the government carried a “heavy burden of justification” showed considerable sympathy for the challengers. But toward the end, one of his questions suggested that people who don’t carry health insurance are still engaged in the health-care market—which is the central pillar of the government's case. The ruling is likely to come toward the end of June. For three months, people are going to be chewing over those questions by Justice Kennedy. One of them likely holds the key to the outcome—but which one?  Read all comments from Day 2 ...........

Toobin: "Train Wreck for the Obama Administration on Individual Mandate - Hot Air - Call it The Faceplant Heard ‘Round The Nation. CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, who had earlier predicted that the Supreme Court would uphold the individual mandate, called the first half of oral arguments on the issue “a train wreck for the Obama administration,” and openly predicted that the court would overturn at least that part of ObamaCare:  The Supreme Court just wrapped up the second day of oral arguments in the landmark case against President Obama’s healthcare overhaul, and reports from inside the courtroom indicate that the controversial law took quite a beating.  Today’s arguments focused around the central constitutional question of whether Congress has the power to force Americans to either pay for health insurance or pay a penalty.  According to CNN’s legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, the arguments were “a train wreck for the Obama administration.”  “This law looks like it’s going to be struck down. I’m telling you, all of the predictions including mine that the justices would not have a problem with this law were wrong,” Toobin just said on CNN.  Read more........

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