This is a great blog about the Supreme Court arguments for and against ‘Affordable care.’ AKA, ObamaCare seems to have taken a beating at the Supreme Court.
This blog gave a reasoned analysis and pointed to other blogs covering the news.
What do you think?
Should ObamaCare be struck down?
Originally posted on Oracle of Reason:
It looks like the President’s health care law is getting the treatment it deserves. The 5 member conservative majority on the Supreme Court not only subjected the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. ObamaCare) to scrutiny but asked the necessary hard questions to the U.S. Solicitor General about the constitutionality not only of the penalty someone has to pay if they do not have health coverage but also the logic behind the individual mandate itself.
I got a big kick out of the weakness of Solicitor General Donald Verrilli’s stumbling and stammering throughout the entire cross examination. Justices Scalia, Roberts, Alito, and Kennedy literally made mince-meat out of his arguments while Court liberals tried to assist Verilli and simultaneoulsy talk him up in an attempt to defend him.
The issue at hand with the case is not necessarily the constitutionality of the individual mandate and other rules in the health care law or whether or not the penalty for non-converage is a tax but the essential point to the whole case is severability. Each of the 5 conservative justices seem to be in agreement that, in one way or another, the individual penalty and mandate is unconstitutional. When it comes to severability this is where things get interesting.