The scene outside the Supreme Court building in Washington from the Los Angeles Times’ coverage of Tuesday’s hearings on the health care law.
Tuesday marked the second day of arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court over key aspects of President Obama’s health care reform law, and the top court’s conservative justices were at the ready with pointed questions for the Obama administration’s lawyer about the stipulation that would require all Americans to have health insurance. —KA
The New York Times:
“Can you create commerce in order to regulate it?” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy asked the lawyer, Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., only minutes into the argument.
Justice Antonin Scalia soon joined in. “May failure to purchase something subject me to regulation?” he asked.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. asked if the government could compel the purchase of cellphones. And Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. asked about forcing people to buy burial insurance.