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The United States Supreme Court allocated more time to oral argument on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) last week than it had to any other case in the past 50 years. Four distinct questions were before the Court during six hours of argument spread over three days. In chronological order of consideration, these questions were:
Does the 1867 Anti-Injunction Act, which bars pre-enforcement litigation over a tax, prevent the Court from hearing the challenge to the insurance mandate?
Can Congress compel individuals to buy insurance or pay a penalty (the “individual mandate”)?
Can the rest of the ACA survive if the individual mandate is struck down?
Can Congress pressure states to expand Medicaid coverage by threatening to withhold funds?The Individual MandateThe room was packed and buzzing with excitement. Some people clearly had slept outside last night. Even some of the attorneys general from the challenger states had to...