Friday, March 30, 2012

Healthcare Oral Arguments at SCOTUS

In case you've been living in a cave (without your smartphone) for the past week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on four issues regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or "Obamacare" or "that new health care law." Transcripts and audio of the arguments are available on the Supreme Court's website and make for interesting reading/listening:
  • Does the Anti Injunction Act bar review of the individual mandate? Transcript | Audio
  • Is the individual mandate Constitutional (primarily commerce clause and tax powers, sprinkle in some necessary and proper clause)? Transcript | Audio
  • If the mandate is unconstitutional, should the whole law fall (aka the severability issue)? Transcript | Audio
  • Medicaid expansion issue (proper spending or improper coercion) Transcript | Audio
Just in case my readers needed something to do for about 7-8 hours this weekend! You're welcome!