Supreme Court wraps up historic hearings on health care
The Supreme Court signaled today that it could throw out other key parts of President Barack Obama's health care law if it first finds the individual insurance requirement unconstitutional. On the third and last day of oral arguments, the justices appeared to accept the administration's argument that at least two important insurance changes are so closely tied to the insurance mandate that they could not survive without it. Less clear was whether the court would conclude that the entire law, with its hundreds of unrelated provisions, would have to be cast aside. The justices also spent part of the day considering a challenge by 26 states to the expansion of the Medicaid program for low-income Americans, an important feature of the administration's effort to extend health insurance to an additional 30 million people. The court's liberal justices made clear they will vote to uphold the Medicaid expansion, which would take in 15 million people, with the federal government paying almost all the costs. Hear audio from today's arguments here; and read the full story from The Associated Press here.
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