Speaking of Obamacare, today the United States Supreme Court set the dates for the oral arguments concerning Obamacare. As you may recall, last month the Supreme Court agreed hear various appeals brought by several parties in “the Florida case”, breaking it down into four separate arguments totalling five and one half hours of argument.
Here is how the arguments will occur:
- On Monday, March 26, 2012 the Court will hear one hour of argument on the “Anti-Injunction Act” aspect of the case. This is devoted solely to whether any claim concerning the individual mandate must wait until 2014 when the penalty for failure to have insurance takes effect. If the “penalty”, as Obamacare calls it is really a “penalty”, then suit can be brought now. On the other hand, if the “penalty” is really a “tax”, then no action can proceed until the tax actually has to be paid.
- On Tuesday, March 27, 2012 the Court will hear two hours of argument on the constitutionality of the individual mandate.
- On Wednesday, March 28, 2012, in the morning, the Court will hear niney minutes of argument on the issue of “severability”…that is, if one piece of Obamacare is found to be unconstitutional, does the entire law fail, or can pieces of it survive, and,
- On Wednesday, March 28, 2012, in the afternoon, the Court will hear one hour of argument on the constitutionality of Obamacare’s massive expansion of Medicaid.
It appears that these will be the only cases heard by the Court for that entire week, as the Court typically does not hear oral arguments on Thursday and Friday, reserving those days for other Court business.
Oh, to be a fly on the wall when these arguments are heard…