Senator Lindsey Graham calls it a mess. Rep. James Clyburn stood behind President Obama –literally–when he signed it into law. South Carolina’s Attorney General Alan Wilson was one of the first to join a multi-state challenge to it — the federal health care overhaul that is now two years old.
Beginning today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear three days of arguments addressing the following questions:
- Is it too soon to challenge the law, since no one has been penalized yet for not complying?
- Is the law’s mandate for individuals to buy health insurance constitutional?
- If the individual mandate is unconstitutional, then is the entire law invalid?
- Is the law’s expansion of Medicaid benefits (and its costs) too intrusive on the states?
The Supreme Court is expected to have a ruling in June, which could settle conflicting federal court rulings as well as a political standoff at all levels of government over the law.
Listen to arguments on C-SPAN.