March 26, 2012
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NPR NEWS OFFERS SPECIAL COVERAGE OF SCOTUS
DELIBERATIONS ON AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

ONE-HOUR WRAP SPECIALS MONDAY-WEDNESDAY AT 8 PM (ET)

LEADING COVERAGE: NINA TOTENBERG, JULIE ROVNER, ARI SHAPIRO,
JENNIFER LUDDEN, MARA LIASSON

As the Supreme Court convenes to consider the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, NPR News continues its extensive coverage of this unprecedented three-day span of argument and what's at stake in the landmark case. Reports and interviews are airing across all news programs and at NPR.org; find NPR Members stations and broadcast times at www.npr.org/stations. NPR will also provide an hour of special coverage to close each day's proceedings from 8-9 PM (ET).

Leading NPR's coverage are Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg, at the Court; Health Policy Correspondent Julie Rovner; White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro; National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson; and NPR Digital Correspondent Liz Halloran. On Monday-Wednesday from 8-9 PM (ET), National Correspondent Jennifer Ludden will host a wrap-up of the day's deliberations with extensive audio from the arguments and analysis from NPR's Legal and Washington teams.

NPR.org is window into the arguments and their significance, with dozens of reports and resources (highlights are detailed below) collected in a special series, Judging The Health Care Law. This section includes a calendar for proceedings and analysis from Totenberg and Rovner of the central questions the Court is considering in each day of deliberations. NPR.org will also feature daily audio from the courtroom in addition to live-streaming the on-air wrap specials. Other extras include a Q&A section addressing listeners' questions, a Supreme Court word jumble, and original watercolor illustrations that capture each day's issues. NPR's Health Blog Shots is another digital source for related stories, audio, and web extras.

Highlights of NPR's reporting in the run-up to this week's arguments include:

All Things Considered
The State Of Health Care In The U.S.
In a half-hour special, All Things Considered host Robert Siegel and Julie Rovner quantify where American health care stands at this moment in time. The two paint a simple portrait of the complex industry that employs 1 out of every 8 Americans and represents over 20% of the nation's GDP. The special also takes a comparative look at Texas, the state with the highest percentage of uninsured, and Massachusetts, which boasts the highest insured rate in the country.

Why Obama Hasn't Won The Battle Over Messaging About Heath Care Law
Julie Rovner takes a look at why public opinion about the law remains divided along partisan lines, and how the administration has lost the messaging war on what should be its crowning legislative achievement.

Q&A With Julie Rovner
Julie Rovner takes listeners' questions about health reform and explains the implications behind possible outcomes.

Morning Edition
How Do Racial Attitudes Affect Opinions About The Health Care Overhaul?
Science Correspondent Shankar Vedantam takes a look at data suggesting that the racial attitudes of ordinary Americans have largely influenced their negative opinions of the health care overhaul.

Obama's Health Care Law In Court: An Overview
Ari Shapiro and Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep discuss which fundamental issues could determine whether health care reform lives or dies.

How The Health Law Could Survive Without A Mandate
Standing as the centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act, it's been said that the law will crumble if the individual mandate is struck down as unconstitutional. Julie Rovner explores whether the remaining parts of the law could survive without the mandate.

Tell Me More
Defending The Affordable Care Act
Tell Me More host Michel Martin gets a preview of what's to come from former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, who defended the Act in lower courts.

Is Health Law a 'Breathtaking Assertion' Of Power?
Host Michel Martin speaks with Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute, who argues that key parts of the measure are unconstitutional since Congress does not have the power to force its citizens to engage in commerce.

Weekend Edition Sunday
Sunshine State Bets On Sunset For Health Care Act
Miami Correspondent Greg Allen reports that while most states are scrambling to comply with the Affordable Care Act, Florida has employed a different, high-stakes strategy. Relying on their belief that the law will be struck down, Florida Republican leaders have rejected and returned federal grants given to help develop a health care exchange. However, Florida may miss key deadlines and cede much of its healthcare planning to the federal government if the Supreme Court upholds the law.