Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Craziness prevails in Obamacare hearings - Andrew Koppelman - Salon.com

Paul Clement speaks in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on Tuesday, as the court continued hearing arguments on the health care law.Antonin Scalia's snide can the government make me buy broccoli" question to the Solicitor General should rank as one of the low points in Supreme Court oral argument history, though it will probably be a big hit on Fox News. - GWC
Craziness prevails in Obamacare hearings - Salon.com:
by Andrew Koppelman
 "The long-awaited oral argument on the merits in the challenge to the Affordable Care Act makes depressing reading, because so many judges seem to be ready to buy such silly arguments – arguments whose silliness was pointed out on the spot, sometimes even conceded by the challengers, but which nonetheless seemed to sometimes move Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito. (Justice Thomas, who characteristically didn’t say a word, is a sure vote to strike down the law.)
A lot of arguments have been made against the mandate, but we can roughly group them into two broad categories, which I’ll call 1) No Limits and 2) I Am a Rock.  No Limits claims that if the mandate is permitted, there will be no limitations on federal power. I Am a Rock claims that people have a constitutional right to some safe harbor where they and (more important) their money are immune from all federal regulation."

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