The Supreme Court of our land has debated the legality of ObamaCare. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare ) has been a source of intense scrutiny and debate. This is the centerpiece legislation that President Obama has touted since his inauguration. It would be a major blow to his presidency if the Supreme Court found this legislation to be unconstitutional. While party lines frame both sides of this issue, it is perhaps the most controversial legislation to confront the American people in a generation.
Three days were devoted to hearings on this case. The court specified what issues it wanted to discuss each day in a very structured and pre-planned syllabus. The first day was devoted to debating the 145 year old law called the Anti-Injunction Act. This law simply states that you cannot sue to get an injunction to stop a tax from being imposed. It states that the proper procedure is to pay the tax, then to file a suit to determine its legality and then try to get your money back.
The second and third day of debate was devoted to discussion about the unconstitutionality of the individual insurance mandate. Finally, in the last day of debate, the major discussion will revolve around the severability of this legislation. In other words, if one part of the law is determined to be unconstitutional, does that means part or all of the legislation must be thrown out?
Also on Wednesday afternoon, a total of 26 states have maintained that the expansion of Medicaid as called for by ObamaCare is unconstitutional. This discussion will be resolved in private without the American people having an opportunity to monitor this process. The Supreme Court has always maintained that no camera’s should be allowed in its court to maintain the solemnity and unprejudicial aspects of the arguments.
This momentous decision should be made public by the end of June. It will surely impact businesses all across our land and should determine if President Obama’s landmark legislation is either accepted or rejected by our most prestigious judges.