Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Obamacare 'Looks Like It's Going to Be Struck Down'

link - Byron Tau/Politico
"This was a train wreck for the Obama administration. This law looks like it's going to be struck down," Toobin said on CNN. "All of the predictions including mine that the justices would not have a problem with this law were wrong."

"The only conservative justice who looked like he might uphold the law was Chief Justice Roberts who asked hard questions of both sides, all four liberal justices tried as hard as they could to make the arguments in favor of the law, but they were -- they did not meet with their success with their colleagues," Toobin said.
Justices signal possible trouble for health insurance mandate - Noam N. Levey/LA Times
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. suggested that the government might require Americans to buy cellphones to be ready for emergencies. And Justice Antonin Scalia asked if the government might require Americans to buy broccoli or automobiles.

"If the government can do this, what else can it ... do?” Scalia asked.
The nation’s highest court today held a hearing on one of the most contentious portions of the Obamacare law that is opposed by pro-life groups because of rationing and abortion funding concerns — the individual mandate. - LifeNews
Conservative justices criticize individual mandate - Brad Heath and Richard Wolf, USA TODAY via Drudge
Justice Roberts: Can the government make you buy a cell phone? - Byron Tau/Politico
Toobin: Obama healthcare reform law 'in grave, grave trouble' - Daniel Strauss/The Hill
Day 2: Audio & transcript: Justices hear arguments on individual mandate - Sam Baker/The Hill