Back from a long weekend, and ready to start blogging again! And today Obama’s signature achievement, ObamaCare, goes before the Supreme Court in the first of three days of hearings. The Heritage Foundation has a great timeline of the hearings. I’ll just give their headings, so the emphasis is from the original:
Monday, March 26, 10:00 a.m. (90 mins. of argument).
The Issue: Is the challenge to the Obamacare mandate ripe for a court challenge?
Tuesday, March 27, 10:00 a.m. (two hrs. of argument)
The Issue: Does the Constitution give Congress the power to compel individuals to purchase particular financial instruments?
Wednesday, March 28, 10:00 a.m. (90 mins. of argument)
The Issue: If the mandate must go, can the rest of the law survive?
Wednesday, March 28, 1:00 p.m. – (one hr. of argument)
The Issue: Does Obamacare’s huge expansion of Medicaid and the conditions for any federal funding of it violate basic principles of federalism?
Heritage also has a nice explanation of the four questions, the possible answers from the Supreme Court, and what that would mean for the law as a whole.
Issues the Court Will Decide:
- The justices will decide if the Anti-Injunction Act will prohibit states and other parties from challenging the individual mandate.
- The Court will determine if the individual mandate that requires all Americans to buy health insurance is unconstitutional.
- The Court will decide if the mandate, if ruled unconstitutional, can be severed from the Affordable Care Act.
- The Court will rule if Congress exceeded its enumerated powers under the Spending Clause and violated basic federalism principles by placing heavy regulations on states that receive Medicaid funding.
Read them both so you’ll be ready for the next 3 days of debate before the Supreme Court and the inevitable lefty spin.