The Supreme Court Considers the Individual Mandate
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President Obama's Affordable Care Act got rough treatment today in the US Supreme Court. We hear what the justices wanted to know and what answers they got from the Obama Administration and its challengers. Also, Kofi Anna says the Assad regime has accepted his plan for ending the violence in Syria. Facts on the ground tell a different story.
Banner image: People participate in a protest on the second day of oral arguments for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in front of the US Supreme Court building on March 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Conservatives Justices Take Hard Line on Healthcare Law ()
One major question raised by the Affordable Care Act is, just how much power does the so-called Commerce Clause give the government? The "mandate" to buy health insurance or pay a penalty if you don't came under harsh attack today in the US Supreme Court. Would it mean the federal government could require Americans to eat broccoli, exercise or buy funeral insurance? Does the Affordable Care Act regulate commerce or create it? Is there any limit to government power? Justices were demanding answers today. How well did the Obama Administration's lawyer respond? What's next for the President's "signature legislative achievement?"
(Special thanks to Gideon Brower for production assistance.)
- Jess Bravin: Wall Street Journal, @JessBravin
- Andrew Cohen: CBS Radio News, @CBSAndrew
- Dahlia Lithwick: Slate.com, @Dahlialithwick
- Carrie Severino: Judicial Crisis Network, @jcnseverino
- Ron Pollack: Families USA, @FamiliesUSA
- Aaron Carroll: Indiana University School of Medicine, @aaronecarroll
Assad Assents to Peace Plan? ()
The United Nations says 9,000 civilians have now been killed in Syria's year-long conflict between the government and its domestic opponents. Now, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, now special UN and Arab-League envoy to Syria, says the Assad regime has accepted a peace plan for resolving the national crisis. But in Homs and other centers of rebellion, the facts on the ground appear to tell a different story, as we hear from Borzou Daragahi, who reports from Beirut, Lebanon, for the Financial Times.
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