Justices Seem OK With Leaving Some Parts Of Healthcare Law Alone
During the final day of arguments, Supreme Court justices seemed to signal that that they would be amenable to a situation in which they overturn the individual mandate, the centerpiece of the 2010 legislation, while leaving the other parts of the law intact.
The AP reports that "the justices seemed skeptical of the position taken by Paul Clement, a lawyer for 26 states seeking to have the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act tossed out in its entirety."
The AP reports that was true of Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg and even the more conservative justices on the court like Chief Justice John Roberts and Samuel Alito.
As we reported earlier, this is first of two arguments today. Later on today, the court will hear arguments on whether the federal government can require states to expand their Medicaid programs.
SCOTUSblog read things differently, saying "it is hard to see where this one is going." The blog says both sides, the government and states, faced skeptical questions from the justices.