The Supreme Court will hear the main issue of the healthcare policy today, the second day of the ongoing court proceedings, report NY Times. The first day saw the Supreme Court listening to arguments for and against the Anti-Injunction Act of 1867 and was of the opinion that the case can be decided now rather than wait for the health insurance penalties to be levied before doing so. The challengers to the healthcare law assert that the law can be reviewed without any legal obstacles now.
The constitutionality of the healthcare law, or simply put, the need that Americans obtain medical insurance or pay penalty would be addressed today. This is definitely the heart of the ongoing healthcare legislation case. The healthcare law has been challenged in a number of lower courts and the conflicting decisions had added to the confusion of a clear mandate. The Supreme Court on Tuesday would hear the appeal from one of the courts – United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, in Atlanta where the mandate was struck down.
Eminent lawyers are in the lineup for presenting their arguments on the second day. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. would defend the Obama healthcare law and Supreme Court would hear the arguments challenging the law, from Paul D. Clement, who is representing 26 states and Michael A. Carvin, representing the private parties.
The First Day in the Supreme Court
The courtroom was packed to capacity on Monday, the first day, and the lines for entry had begun forming since Friday. Mr. Long went on first and argued that the Anti-injunction Act was clear and that a law cannot be decided upon prematurely. Mr. Verrilli followed Mr. Long and argued for the Obama administration. Mr. Verrilli informed the court that the 1867 law should not stand in the way of deciding on the healthcare law. Mr. Katsas, representing the challengers to the law, agreed with Mr. Verrilli, and pointed out that the penalty for not having health insurance is not the type of tax the law of 1867 refers to.
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