AirTalk for March 27, 2012

SCOTUS hearings on healthcare, day 2

Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Constitutionality Of Health Care Law

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Attorney for the Solicitor Generals Office (R) speaks to the media after attending a hearing at the U.S. Supreme Court Building on March 26, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Today’s arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on the fate of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the second of three days of hearings on the health care overhaul, mainly tackles the constitutionality of the individual insurance mandate. The requirement dictates almost all Americans buy health insurance in 2014 or pay a penalty when they file their 2014 income taxes in early 2015.

Justices on Wednesday will hear debates on whether the rest of the law can take effect even if the individual insurance mandate is unconstitutional, and also arguments over expansion of the Medicaid program for lower-income people.

Did Congress overstep its authority by requiring Americans to obtain health insurance starting in 2014 or face a penalty? Can the healthcare law work without the individual mandate?

Guests:

Kitty Felde, KPCC’s Washington D.C. Correspondent, covering the SCOTUS hearings on the Affordable Care Act

Gregory Warner, Senior Reporter for Marketplace, covering healthcare

Lisa McElroy, Professor of Law, Drexel University's Earle Mack School of Law & Supreme Court scholar

Erwin Chemerinksy, Founding Dean, UC Irvine School of Law

Anthony Thomas Caso, Associate Clinical Professor, Chapman University School of Law; Director of the Constitutional Jurisprudence Center, which files amicus briefs challenging the constitutionality of the healthcare individual mandate


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