U.S. Supreme Court

2:28pm

Mon March 26, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Reading Between The Lines Of Monday's Supreme Court Arguments

Demonstrators in support of President Obama's health care overhaul march outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.
John Rose NPR

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday opened three days of oral arguments over the constitutionality of the insurance requirement embedded in President Obama's landmark health care law with a simple question and an obscure 1867 law.

The question: Does the court even have the right to hear the health care challenge, given that the Anti-Injunction Act prevents federal courts from taking cases where taxpayers are trying to prevent the government from "assessing or collecting" taxes?

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1:57pm

Mon March 26, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Cat And Dog Take Supreme Court Arguments In Stride

Katherine Prather, a first year medical student at Georgetown University, and her dog, Ellie, showed their support for the health care overhaul law at rally outside the Supreme Court Monday.
Jessica Marcy Kaiser Health News

No circus would be complete without a few animals.

So wouldn't you know the big crowd outside the U.S. Supreme Court today included a cat on a leash and an adorable chihuahua mix with health insurance.

Kaiser Health News' Jessica Marcy snapped the shot of the cat, stretched out on the steps leading to the courthouse, as she was rushing to cover the arrival of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

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11:42am

Mon March 26, 2012
Judging The Health Care Law

TRANSCRIPT: Supreme Court: The Health Care Overhaul Law And The Anti-Injunction Act

  • Listen to the Supreme Court Arguments

The Supreme Court on Monday heard the first of three days of oral arguments on the fate of President Obama's health care law. A transcript of Monday's arguments, as prepared by the court, follows.


CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: We will hear argument this morning in Case Number 11-398, Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida.

Mr. Long.

ORAL ARGUMENT OF ROBERT A. LONG ON BEHALF OF THE COURT-APPOINTED AMICUS CURIAE MR. LONG: Mr. Chief Justice, and may it please the Court:

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10:43am

Mon March 26, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Supreme Court Justices Hear Opening Arguments Over Health Care Law

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 3:09 pm

Members of the public line up Monday morning as the Supreme Court begins three days of arguments on the health care overhaul law signed by President Obama in Washington.
Charles Dharapak AP
  • Listen to Nina Totenberg and Ari Shapiro talk about Monday's arguments


Does a federal law stretching back to 1867 bar the Supreme Court from deciding on the merits of the administration's health law right now?

The court on Monday heard the first arguments in a historic three-day session that could decide the fate of the Obama administration's signature domestic achievement.

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10:20am

Mon March 26, 2012
The Two-Way

At The Supreme Court: Hints That Justices Will Rule On Health Care's Merits

  • Supreme Court session; March 26, 2012

With the question on Day 1 being whether the Supreme Court can even take up the issue of whether President Obama's health care law is constitutional, NPR's Nina Totenberg says she saw "a bunch of justices groping for a way to get to the merits of this case" as they began three days of oral arguments about the law.

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