Supremes Take On Healthcare
First of three oral argument sessions
By Jordan Smith, 3:26PM, Mon. Mar. 26, 2012
After months of waiting and anticipation, the U.S. Supreme Court today heard arguments related to the Affordable Care Act – a.k.a. (for better or worse) Obamacare.
The court will hear arguments related the legality of the new law, which includes a mandate to for individuals to purchase health coverage or pay a penalty for not doing so, during three marathon oral argument sessions this week. Today, Round One, focused on whether the penalty for not buying insurance is actually a tax and, if so, whether the court can even consider a challenge to the law before the "mandate" to buy coverage, and the monetary penalty for not doing so, has taken effect. The mandate takes effect in 2014; the penalty would first be assessed in 2015. Generally speaking, federal law doesn't allow for litigation involving a tax until after the tax is paid.
A transcript of today's hearing is here.
If you prefer, you can hear audio of the argument session, here.