The health care law arguments

  • Updated: March 25, 2012 - 7:52 PM

 

The Supreme Court has scheduled six hours of arguments over three days on the health care law:

Monday: Arguments will center on a question that could scuttle the challenge: whether the Supreme Court can rule on a law under which no penalties have been assessed. The law's penalties for not obtaining insurance become operative in 2015.

Tuesday: The justices turn to the central issue: whether the insurance requirement, or mandate, is constitutional under Congress' power to regulate interstate commerce or its authority to impose taxes.

Wednesday: The court hears arguments on what happens to the rest of the law if the insurance requirement is found unconstitutional. And it takes up whether the law, by expanding the Medicaid program, unconstitutionally coerces the states into spending more on health care for the poor.

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