Supreme Court Completes Health Care Law Oral Argument

April 3, 2012

Six hours of oral argument over three days concluded on Wednesday, March 28th, in the Supreme Court in cases challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

On Monday, the Court considered whether the Tax Anti-Injunction Act barred hearing aspects of the case until penalties for not buying health insurance have actually been assessed.

On Tuesday, the Court considered the constitutionality of the minimum coverage requirement provision (also called the individual mandate).

On Wednesday, the Court considered whether the Medicaid provisions of the Act constitute unconstitutional coercion of the states and also severability issues (i.e. whether the Court must uphold or reject the entire PPACA or can rule that only parts of it are unconstitutional).

To read the oral argument relating to the Tax Anti-Injunction Act, click here.

http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/11-398-Monday.pdf

To read the oral argument relating to the minimum coverage requirement provision (i.e. the mandate), click here.

http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/11-398-Tuesday.pdf

To read the oral argument relating to the severability issues, click here.

http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/11-393.pdf

To read the oral argument relating to the Medicaid provisions, click here.

http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/11-400.pdf