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BY VICTORIA CRAIG
 

It’s been a hot issue on the campaign trail for months.

Romney: “If I’m President of the United States, I will repeal Obamacare.”  
Santorum: “There is one singular act that is the linchpin. And that is Obamacare.”
Gingrich: “Seventeen days before I’m sworn in, I will ask the Congress to stay in session until the 3rd of January, I will ask them to repeal Obamacare.”

President Obama’s health care law faces the Supreme Court’s nine justices starting Monday. CNN’s Candy Crowley explains what this challenge means in an election year.

“A high court ruling against the individual mandate will be a sizeable blow to the president’s signature issue. But it won’t be all that helpful to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney either.”

The individual mandate — one of the provisions in question — requires Americans to buy health insurance and fines those who don’t comply. Fox News explains the broad impact of the Supreme Court’s decision.

“No case has been given so much courtroom attention by the justices in nearly half a century. The economic and political ramifications of their decision could have repercussions for decades to come. Nearly one-fifth of the economy is tied to health care, and the reform legislation is the hallmark domestic accomplishment of the Obama dministration.”

Despite GOP promises to repeal the law and the Supreme Court’s looming decision on the matter, the White House is feeling confident. White House Senior Advisor David Pluffe told ABC if anything, the GOP rhetoric has done the Democrats a favor.

"One thing I am confident of, by the end of this decade, we are going to be very glad the Republicans termed this Obamacare because when the reality of health care is in place it will be nothing like the kind of fear mongering that was done."

Republicans argue the health care law oversteps government authority and takes away freedom from the states. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham had a …creative...way to describe the massive health care legislation — borrowing terminology Vice President Joe Biden used two years ago.

“The vice president whispered to the president when he signed the bill two years ago, ‘This is a big effing deal.’ Well now it’s become a big effing mess for the Democratic part of the country.”

But it’s not just a matter of deciding whether the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. The Christian Science Monitor points out another concern for some — saying this could be a quote “mega case for the history books.”

“The case thrusts the high court center stage in a historic constitutional showdown that could define the scope of congressional power for generations. It also threatens to draw individual justices into a heated political debate that might hinder or advance the president's own reelection effort.”

It’s not just politicians and political pundits who are geared up for the Supreme Court showdown. The Washington Post reports people have been lined up outside the courthouse for days.

“Three told me that they were being paid to wait there... One said he was holding a spot for his boss... Monica Hammond, who currently holds the 11th spot in line and is blogging about it ... writes that ‘The line standers are working in shifts - usually about 6-8 hours.’ On Saturday, she saw a scuffle between two line standing companies over who had which spots.”

The nation’s highest court will hear oral arguments to the president’s health care law through Wednesday. It’s set to reach a final decision on the legality of the legislation by June.

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Mar 26, 2012

Health Care Law Heads to Supreme Court

(Image Source: Britannica.com)  


BY VICTORIA CRAIG
 

It’s been a hot issue on the campaign trail for months.

Romney: “If I’m President of the United States, I will repeal Obamacare.”  
Santorum: “There is one singular act that is the linchpin. And that is Obamacare.”
Gingrich: “Seventeen days before I’m sworn in, I will ask the Congress to stay in session until the 3rd of January, I will ask them to repeal Obamacare.”

President Obama’s health care law faces the Supreme Court’s nine justices starting Monday. CNN’s Candy Crowley explains what this challenge means in an election year.

“A high court ruling against the individual mandate will be a sizeable blow to the president’s signature issue. But it won’t be all that helpful to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney either.”

The individual mandate — one of the provisions in question — requires Americans to buy health insurance and fines those who don’t comply. Fox News explains the broad impact of the Supreme Court’s decision.

“No case has been given so much courtroom attention by the justices in nearly half a century. The economic and political ramifications of their decision could have repercussions for decades to come. Nearly one-fifth of the economy is tied to health care, and the reform legislation is the hallmark domestic accomplishment of the Obama dministration.”

Despite GOP promises to repeal the law and the Supreme Court’s looming decision on the matter, the White House is feeling confident. White House Senior Advisor David Pluffe told ABC if anything, the GOP rhetoric has done the Democrats a favor.

"One thing I am confident of, by the end of this decade, we are going to be very glad the Republicans termed this Obamacare because when the reality of health care is in place it will be nothing like the kind of fear mongering that was done."

Republicans argue the health care law oversteps government authority and takes away freedom from the states. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham had a …creative...way to describe the massive health care legislation — borrowing terminology Vice President Joe Biden used two years ago.

“The vice president whispered to the president when he signed the bill two years ago, ‘This is a big effing deal.’ Well now it’s become a big effing mess for the Democratic part of the country.”

But it’s not just a matter of deciding whether the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. The Christian Science Monitor points out another concern for some — saying this could be a quote “mega case for the history books.”

“The case thrusts the high court center stage in a historic constitutional showdown that could define the scope of congressional power for generations. It also threatens to draw individual justices into a heated political debate that might hinder or advance the president's own reelection effort.”

It’s not just politicians and political pundits who are geared up for the Supreme Court showdown. The Washington Post reports people have been lined up outside the courthouse for days.

“Three told me that they were being paid to wait there... One said he was holding a spot for his boss... Monica Hammond, who currently holds the 11th spot in line and is blogging about it ... writes that ‘The line standers are working in shifts - usually about 6-8 hours.’ On Saturday, she saw a scuffle between two line standing companies over who had which spots.”

The nation’s highest court will hear oral arguments to the president’s health care law through Wednesday. It’s set to reach a final decision on the legality of the legislation by June.

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