As they took their seats Justice Breyer was smiling; Sotomayor looked glum.
I’m pretty much cross-eyed after three days of sketching the Supreme Court’s health care argument marathon, so I’ll just post today’s drawings with brief captions.
Lyle Denniston’s recap of the arguments on severability is here.
And Lyle’s recap of the Medicaid arguments is here.
It was hard going for Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, pictured above and below, as a majority of the Justices expressed skepticism about about the individual mandate provision of the new health care law.
Former Solicitior General Paul Clement, now representing the challengers to the Affordable Care Act, appeared to win today’s round.
Round three tomorrow.
Mike Sacks has it covered here.
The first issue before the Court was the Anti-Injunction Act of 1867 which says that you can’t challenge a tax until it’s been collected. Under the new Affordable Care Act if you don’t have health insurance you pay a penalty, and because that penalty is assessed depending upon your income and is collected by the IRS it could be seen as a tax. And since that tax has yet to be collected an appeal is premature, a position neither side is claiming and so the Court appointed Washington lawyer Robert A. Long, pictured below, to play devil’s advocate, or more properly amicus curiae.
Lyle Denniston’s take on today’s arguments here.
A few sketches from today’s arguments ( which can be heard here ) in Liberty University v. Geithner and Virginia v. Sebelius, both cases concerning the individual mandate in the new Obama-sponsored health care law.
Andrew Cohen’s intelligent analysis can be found here.